YouTube / ABCNews
YouTube / ABCNews

Jussie Smollett Insists He's Innocent as He Pleads Not Guilty after Indictment over Hate Crime Hoax

Monica Otayza
Feb 27, 2020
05:30 A.M.
Share this pen

Jussie Smollett is willing to do whatever it takes to prove his innocence after pleading "Not Guilty" to six new charges that stemmed from filing false police reports over his hoax attack.


The former "Empire" actor and his lawyer Tina Glandian were spotted arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, where he said "the truth is the best defense. The truth which they know nothing about."

On January 29, 2019, Smollett was allegedly attacked by two masked men.

Jussie Smollett at the Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Jussie Smollett at the Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine



His arrival was from Chicago, where he was at a courtroom to plead "not guilty" to felony charges that claim he lied to the police over the alleged hate crime on him in January 2019. Of his current situation, he said:

"It is definitely frustrating but you just gotta, it's fight or die at this point, right. I don't claim to be innocent, I am innocent."



Smollett was previously charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct during the Monday hearing, where his attorney submitted a motion to the circuit court to dismiss the case based on a double-jeopardy challenge. This is because Smollett had already previously forfeited his original $10,000 bond. After the motion, he pleaded not guilty across the board.


The alleged brothers who were paid to attack him, Abel and Ola Osundairo, were also at the courthouse with their attorney. The brothers are ready to testify against Smollett, and ask that he "tell the truth."



In March 2019, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of the same charge, which came weeks before the Cook County State Attorney Kim Coxx shockingly announced the dismissal of the case, much to the anger and dismay of the city police and government.

On January 29, 2019, Smollett was allegedly attacked by two masked men. They beat him and placed a noose around his neck while saying racist and homophobic remarks at him.

After the identification of the two suspects, the case suddenly switched towards investigating Smollett, as evidence pointed to a potential hoax planned by the actor himself.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy

news.AmoMama.com does not support or promote any kind of violence, self-harm, or abusive behavior. We raise awareness about these issues to help potential victims seek professional counseling and prevent anyone from getting hurt. news.AmoMama.com speaks out against the above mentioned and news.AmoMama.com advocates for a healthy discussion about the instances of violence, abuse, sexual misconduct, animal cruelty, abuse etc. that benefits the victims. We also encourage everyone to report any crime incident they witness as soon as possible.

Related posts

Jon Cryer's 1st Kiss with Wife Was on Set after She Thought He Could Be Her 'New Best Gay Friend'

March 19, 2022

Jay-Z Refuses to Do a DNA Test for Years While His Alleged Look-Alike Son Wants Him to ‘Tell the Truth’

March 08, 2022

Todd Chrisley’s ‘Perfect’ Daughter Once Accused Him of Attempted Extortion Yet He Promised to Always Love Her

February 16, 2022

Why Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Celebrated When Amber Heard Mentioned His Ex Kate Moss in Court

May 12, 2022