Actor Jussie Smollett plead not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police investigators about an alleged hate crime. Smollett walked into Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his attorneys and bodyguard for his court appearance on March 14.

Prosecutors accused Smollett of arranging a homophobic, racist attack against himself in Chicago on Jan. 29 because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the Fox television musical Empire.

Smollett was arrested on Feb, 20 and ordered to remain in Chicago as a condition of his $1 million bond.

According to The Blast, attorney Tina Glandian requested permission for the actor to travel to New York and California to meet with his lawyers, including Mark Geragos, throughout the case.

The judge allowed the request, on the condition that he gives 48 hours notice to pre-trial services prior to any travel out of state.

The judge also made it clear that he was to appear at all hearings on time. Smollett is due back in court on April 17.

Smollett is accused of paying two brothers to stage a hoax hate crime against himself.

In related news, Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney insists it's "too early" to think about firing Smollett from the TV show.

The 36-year-old actor, who played Jamal Lyon in the hip-hop drama, was removed from the final 2 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5.

Mahoney, who described the recent weeks as an "emotional rollercoaster", admitted it was difficult deciding to remove him from those episodes, but it was necessary to avoid disruption.

"I think in terms of allowing the cast and the crew to really get the work done without a great deal of disruption in terms of the day-to-day and the stress of the day-to-day, and, in addition, allowing Jussie the time to really deal with what he's been confronted with and allow him the time to focus and prepare his case, this seems like the logical decision to make," he continued.

Mahoney dismissed reports that Fox Television hired a new actor to replace Smollett's character.

"It's a matter of trusting the process and allowing the legal process to play out and see where it goes from there. And it's too early to think about what we would have to do if we didn't have Jussie," he said. "We have such a strong ensemble and we have so many stories to tell for all of these fascinating characters that it's bigger than one character, but it's too early to think about the show without him."

Mahoney also addressed rumors that the drama was dividing the cast and crew, saying it was actually "bringing people together", and that he's confident the show will be renewed for another season, even though it's been speculated the show is on the chopping block.

"I know that the network and studio is really happy with what we've done creatively this season," he said. "All the indications I have are that we will be (renewed). And we do have so many of these stories to tell, so I can't imagine we won't be able to tell them."

Jussie was included in scenes when the show returned for its midseason premiere on Wednesday night. Social media users welcomed the presence of Jussie onscreen. But others were disappointed that Fox didn't cut Jussie's scenes totally.

Photos by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

  • Critical Thinker

    I really hate the way he has been coming across in pictures since the incident. His photo screams arrogance and over-confidence on another level.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Indicted twice by a grand jury. Doesn’t look good for him.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Heck the whole show can go IMO but that's just me. Another stupid one to do what he did.

  • Junkanoo

    When this is all over he should move to Africia and start over an get away from the circus like energy of the American media.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    #IBELIEVEJUSSIE all day long over a corrupt police force.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    So lori Laughlin was giving her passport back, to go back over seas to WORK,, what the fck....judges must be corrupt too

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Just think about it this guy chose to sits around and get ruptured by other males at night and think he deserves special treatment because of that

  • hi-liter

    Anyway.......the Senate votes to Block Dump’s Emergency Declaration ??????

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    They put tires around homosexuals necks and light them on fire in Africa

  • ALLMINE?

    A white lawyer bro? ?

  • Critical Thinker

    Where exactly in the Africa of 52 countries do they do that? ?

  • hi-liter

    House passes Resolution calling for Public Release of Mueller Report.....But.....vote was blocked by azz kissing Lindsey Graham.

  • n1kk1a

    So about the white girl who said she was raped by three black men (Breana Rachelle Harmon) who got no prison time? Or we just gonna forget about that?

  • WhoKnew

    Breaking News Off Topic: Hallmark just fired Lori Loughlin. I said the other day she done messed up her Hallmark money.

  • Guest

    GoodT! Keep them heads rolling.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Did she lie about it or something?

  • WhoKnew

    Yep. I agree.

  • Junkanoo

    Some parts of Africa are really mordern and thriving the American media doesnt really focus on them . Rawanda is on the rebound after all the horrible things they endured. He's famous so it would be different for him than the average Joe.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yayyyyyy!!!! That didn't take long...white folks are pissed

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i never heard this regarding homosexuals, BUT, i did read that thieves were punished that way.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    is it okay if we DON'T think about it? LOL!

  • Musiclover

    The money she spend trying to buy her child into college ,could’ve used the money to start her a business or makeup line . Or get tutorer.

  • WhoKnew

    Hallmark don't play. They have a family image to preserve.

  • WhoKnew

    Yep, sholl could have.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ol cocky Smollet pleads Not Guilty,no suprise here....but b4 it's over and dun with,Smollet will take a plead deal. He and R-rah Kellz still sticking to dem lies

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    He’s a lying and arrogant giant douche bag

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Told ya ..... they will deny deny deny .... want ever tell da truth!!!

  • NewNew
  • The Gay Tupac

    Wendy was like "Jussie Smollett marched into court looking like George JEFFERSON" ????? she was right too, with that defiant peacock strut ???

  • Meme

    He better humble himself if he dont wanna piss the judge off

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He's a coloscopy bag!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They don't want their kids to struggle or work hard. They don't want them to be a genius, they just want them to be rich.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    l0l@ sholl!

  • Peace

    Tutored. ??dead.

  • NewNew

    Yes. She injured herself and said she was raped. If I remember right it had to do with being caught cheating on her boyfriend or something

  • Li-Wright

    Jussie got to save face.
    Anywho, last night on Empire, his boyfriend left. He had a couple of scenes where he "sang", but I can't stand his voice.
    But his attorney Mark Gergaos(?) is going to mount an expensive aggressive defense and drag the Africans through the mud. Jussie should be ashamed.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Don’t make no damn sense!..This is the only thing his dumbass gone be remembered for! ?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/deacc518e418eb04af3745a31c83a5fd1f941d611007b57992e83dd797581d57.jpg

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    A coloscopy bag!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Kicked her to the curb with 2 Left boots on!

  • brooklyn23

    Hes a Coloscopy or an colonoscopy ?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Uganda Sudan Libya libera

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Oh wow. Gone to google her.....

  • Soda

    This heffa says she was attacked in a bar by men & women because she wore a MAGA hat, yet all she got was a black eye. Another woman in the bar said she's lying, that she was drunk and got her @ss kicked. She's asking her president to make it a hate crime to attack anyone wearing a MAGA hat. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/young-woman-says-viciously-attacked-wearing-maga-hat-austin-134813834.html https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/894fe6f0a5bce05311265960984cf8b7a7f47bbacc535bc349ce0ecc19eda78f.gif

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Do you consider modern being letting anything goes mentality or sticking to morals?

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He walking up in there like he MJ with a throng of fans waiting. HE MUST BE ON HALLUCINOGENS!

  • Marlika

    ??? and his dumb ass would try to do it.

  • Peace

    Empire was just not a hit last night. Cookie seemed out of it. The whole show was just dead. I think it should be canceled. Show who in the casket next week and be done. Jussie sank this ? ship.
    It will never be the same.

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  • WhoKnew

    Has anyone contacted the ID Channel to find out who in da hell is paying Jussie's mounting legal bills? We gon need a search party to find that out. Who got $5 on it? You know we-ins don't like to werk fo free. You got to pay us at least $10 and a brown paper bag lunch.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Awwww does Trumpie have the sads?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    dead

  • Jethro

    Pelosi must be scolding him again. ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Lindsey is a special POS!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Rod shyts hitting da fan this year with Politics ...... chiron in Aries ..... shyts bout to get real ugly for these folks https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61001d487050d254665ad32a8ccd11b80aef96979d275f039dd6c3feaddd1091.gif

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I believe you, Jeni, I believe you.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Whew chile this will be good ..... not so good for certain folks !!! Expect to see folks break down like brats that can't get their way .... mommy and daddy issues .... childhood wounds that want ever heal for them .... others will heal just fine..... and put on their big boy britches and stand in full authority ..... Good stuff ... and it's already happening !!!!! This bout to be a major Identity crisis for some

  • Evillene

    He and his peeps looked ridiculous rolling into court like a scene from that sh*tty TV series "Empire." I do not wish him ill and hope he can get through this mess. But he needs to dial it way down and know that people are not feeling him right now.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yassssss

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Correction: COLOSTOMY bag!

  • wigmon68

    several differences. she was 18, so age was a factor. also, she pled guilty and recanted her story 2 weeks after making the false claim. If jussie had said 2 weeks after the event that he made the whole thing up and pled guilty, he probably wouldn't be looking at jail time either.

    but since you are bringing race into the discussion. How much time did Tawana Brawley and crystal magnum (duke lacrosse accuser) do for their false accusations?

  • Ghost

    Having to stay in Chicago is his worst nightmare! ?? I know he wants to get out of here bad....nope! You stay right here and deal with the mess you made...

  • 2gr8ful

    I was saying the same thing, it was a fascinating entourage to say the least, like everyone had practice their walk Rofl.

  • 2gr8ful

    Where was this bodyguard when he was walking those late night streets in search of sandwiches?

  • SouthServesHer1

    Keep strolling like you are King Jussie. You are going to pay the piper no matter the outcome. Your career is over, fool.

  • Victorious82

    He looks good in that suit tho.

  • Sushi

    He is a nice looking guy, He just with that shat......Walking in court like George Jefferson.....

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jussie has gotten more press & headline stories this year so far than the DROP DEAD GORGEOUS couple Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan.

  • Truth7981

    It's just something about him I can't stand. Maybe it's his arrogance. It's like him and the judge are side eye bffs and bake cookies together

  • Logan Roberts

    Jussie & his crew looking like their on the set of men in black...

  • hottlanta

    They rolled up in there with them shades on like Clarence William lll from mod squad.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    His body-guards my bad builders were Attacking him for play play ???

  • Musiclover

    I couldn’t see the sun got in the way lol. correcting

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Basically! They so Simple AND DUMB ???

  • Peace

    That was funny. All that money and could afford to properly educate their kids.

  • Zeta Aggie

    I hope Romney runs against him and takes the party nomination

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Bahaha

  • wigmon68

    He had 2 of them there.

  • BingBangBoom

    Where his man at? I'm still waiting to see this Mr. Mysterious man

  • Eileen

    this is not funny it is about the safety of our country...

  • Jethro

    It's funny as hell!

  • Jethro

    The poorly educated love being lied to, and Romney's a novice liar compared to tRump.

  • NeverSurprised

    The first time I became acquainted with that level of arrogance was from my Jewish classmates at NYU Law School. They had such an "I am the center of the universe" attitude. Trust me when I tell you that what you see in Jussie is just the Jewish side of him on display.

  • imright

    he loves the attn ?

  • exlurker

    LOL so true!!!

  • Pamela

    He's getting the attention that he wanted all along. Creep.

  • Pamela

    Why Africa and which country in particular?

  • Pamela

    Rwanda might not appreciate him. Its people are kind, humble and not looking for drama. This creep will take his arrogance and self-interest anywhere he goes. Let him stay in America.

  • Pamela

    Colostomy bags are useful. Him, not so much.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well my Chiron return will occur in about four years, but I have no idea what to expect.

  • the guest

    Smollett is accused of paying two brothers to stage a hoax hate crime against himself.

    In related news, Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney insists it's "too early" to think about firing Smollett from the TV show.

    ****

    Empire will not fire Jussie, and Jussie will be acquitted of all charges.

  • the guest

    Great legal stylist though. United front, seriousness.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Depending on what it is that's what you work on .... because it is what you incarnated in this life ... mines is in Taurus.... my wounding was about authority figures always berating and talking down on me ... so that did happen in this life but I conquered and took up for myself ... and stood in my true authority ... as a collective with it being in aries ... globally this will deal with identity .... true identity .. if you are not standing in individual authority .... your true identity the wound will not heal .... in fact it will get worse ... the best way to handle is to stand with integrity (honesty) if not it will backfire and reopen the wound even more .... in short anyone stealing identities ... stealing innocence to survive will fail.... period

  • the guest

    Then they should have let them do just that, be rich because that's the only talent they have.

    But the nerve they had infringing on the rights and access of actual young scholars so their trust fund kids could perpetrate a front like their educated.

  • the guest

    This is true. Harsh but true.

  • Li-Wright

    It looks like Empire won't be renewed. Normally the networks let shows know if they have another season by now .... Sad! I hope it's not because of Jussie. But he will pay big attorney fees for fighting this charge, and I feel sorry for the brothers, because Jussie is throwing them under the bus. What a friend!

  • Li-Wright

    The show probably won't be renewed. Taraji has said she doesn't want to be Cookie beyond this season. She wants to move on.

  • Li-Wright

    He has to beat these charges if he wants a career in show business. Right now he's toxic until this is settled.

  • Babe Miller

    How long have you been retarded?

  • Realnigga101

    He's a f@ggot though.

  • datATLboi

    Yo....why are we still on this guy??? Innocent until proven guilty

  • datATLboi

    Just as well...Taraji didn't wanna come back anyway

  • RespectSelf

    So police talk with brothers and do a press conference saying that the check was for the staged attack.. Then reports says that the brothers lawyers can confirm that the check was for dude being trained... Its not making sense

  • Reina1718

    I cant everyone with shades on ???

  • Sweetness

    He plead not guilty. Fine. But, will they be able to use his entire account of what happened (a la GMA/Robin Roberts), against him?

    It would be like his confession by admission on tape right??? I dunno?

  • Sweetness

    Hope no one is offended... But if the judge is part of his "community", he might get off. He certainly has a confidence like he eye-winked the judge or something.

    They have ties like the mob. They run everything. #nooffense #butitstrue

  • Sweetness

    ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's interesting because my Chiron is in the 8th house and the person who molested me had an Aries sun so I guess that is what my wound is about.

    What's weird is since I was little I realized that I would never be able to get away with anything and it always felt as if someone was watching me so I try to always be honest and that's why I never thought about dating women and pretending about my sexual orientation.

    Yeah I could have gotten married and had children but I would have been miserable and have made a lot of innocent people miserable.

    Also I have never wanted to be anyone else. I realized early in life that everyone is unique and has a special purpose in life so that's why I never got caught up in celebrity or even read those self-help books because what may have worked for the author of those books won't work for me.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sounds like your knocking it out the box ..... Proud of you Rod .... much love bew .... and keep evolving ..... good things will come your way ! <3

  • TheOwley

    The denial of what he's done continues. The choice is simple, save your show by cutting him entirely or continue to pretend support at the show's peril.

  • Junkanoo

    Lol , Mother Africa could help him waking up and stop being such a brat but maybe not.

  • Junkanoo

    Europe may throw his past in his face a lot like America and never let him move past this drama. Africa could help his mental state of mind connecting to its natural beauty in some parts the people are so nice to spite not having much by western standards. I don't know Jussie he could be a messed up moron or he made a big mistake. He could mentor actors there ,he ultimately would be out of the glare of Americas toxic media.

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