Jussie Smollett Insists He's Innocent as He Pleads Not Guilty after Indictment over Hate Crime Hoax
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.
SMOLLETT'S STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION
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."
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SMOLLETT FACES RENEWED CHARGES
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."
PLEADING NOT GUILTY
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.
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