An “Obviously Frustrated” Jussie Smollett Goes To Court, Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ To 6 “New” Charges; Attorney Says He Won’t Seek Plea Deal

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett showed up in a Chicago courtroom today and entered a plea of not guilty to disorderly conduct and almost half a dozen other charges related to a 2019 Chicago incident in which Smollett is accused of faking a racist, homophobic attack of which Smollett claims MAGA-hat wearing assailants doused him with a sink cleansing substance and threw a rope around his neck.

After initially receiving an outpouring of support from the general public, Smollett quickly became a pariah once police publicly questioned Smollett’s explanation of the events; it also didn’t help that his alleged cohorts, the African-born Osundairo brothers, told the cops Smollett had pre-planned and organized the alleged attack, and paid them by check for their assistance.

But Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian, told a mass of reporters outside the courtroom today that Smollett is “obviously frustrated”, especially since, she said, he maintains he’s innocent of the charges. She also claimed Smollett won’t be entering any plea agreement.

“I’m confident that he’s not entering any plea other than a not guilty plea,” Glandian said.

Recently, an attorney for the Osundairos said the brothers will cooperate with the prosecution against Smollett in the current case.

Smollett was essentially let off the hook last year when State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office dropped the then 16 counts against Smollett in exchange for him forfeiting the relatively small $10,000 bail money he had posted .

The saga of Smollett’s accusations, and the widespread public debate over whether he was lying or telling the truth, created a media firestorm that may have helped lead to the cancellation of Empire, which was announced while Smollett was battling accusations that he’d concocted the attack.

Smollett’s new court date has been set for March 18.

Foxx, the prosecutor, is now facing several challengers in a Democratic primary in which her handling of the Smollett case is now front and center.

She recently snagged the endorsement of one of Chicago’s two major daily newspapers, The Chicago Sun-Times.

But the larger, more widely-read Chicago Tribune said in a recent editorial that its time for Foxx to go, largely because of the Smollett mess; the newspaper previously endorsed Foxx on her first run in 2016.

The Tribune now says Foxx “blew” the Smollett case and added that she, “damaged her reputation and lost our confidence in her judgment”, then summed up their electoral diss by writing, “Therefore we cannot endorse Foxx for reelection”.

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