Jussie Smollet has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of disorderly conduct, Associated Press is reporting.
Recall that last week, on March 8, Smollett was indicted on 16 felony charges for allegedly filing false police reports claiming he was a victim of a hate crime attack in Chicago. Smollett’s lawyer Mark Geragos called the indictment “prosecutorial overkill” in a statement.
Smollett initially claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime on January 29, telling police that two men had accosted him, beat him, called him homophobic and racist slurs, put a rope around his neck, and poured bleach on him before running away. But then on February 13, two Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were taken into custody and questioned in relation to the alleged attack. And after police spoke with the Osundairos and inconsistencies arose in Smollett’s testimony, the actor was deemed a suspect in a separate case investigating his claims.
Smollet turned himself into authorities on February 21 and was released on bond later that day. Now, he has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and fans can’t wait to see how this all pans out.