Jussie Smollett, actor and singer from the TV collection “Empire,” has pleaded not responsible to felony prices of disorderly conduct, Associated Press reviews. Last week, on March 8, Smollett was indicted on 16 felony prices for allegedly submitting false police reviews claiming he was a sufferer of a hate crime assault in Chicago. Smollett’s lawyer Mark Geragos known as the indictment “prosecutorial overkill” in a press release.
Smollett initially claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime on January 29, telling police that two males had accosted him, beat him, known as him homophobic and racist slurs, put a rope round his neck, and poured bleach on him earlier than working away. On February 13, brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo had been taken into custody and questioned in relation to the alleged assault. 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 launched on bond later that day. Following the costs, “Empire” producers (together with Lee Daniels) issued a press release saying that Smollett can be cut from the final two episodes of the present’s subsequent season with a purpose to “avoid further disruption on set.”