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Jussie Smollett makes first court appearance following new charges

Posted at 9:06 AM, Feb 24, 2020

CHICAGO — Actor Jussie Smollett made his first court appearance Monday on a new set of charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year.

The former “Empire” actor is expected to plead not guilty to the six felony counts of disorderly conduct during Monday's hearing.

Smollett was initially charged shortly after he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago, but the county prosecutor's office dropped the charges weeks later, angering police and city officials.

A special prosecutor tasked with looking into the decision to drop the charges recently announced that Smollett had been indicted for a second time.