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Jussie Smollett showed up unannounced at the BET Award on Sunday — and Black Twitter roasted him over hot coals.

In March, Judge James Linn sentenced Jussie Smollett to 150 days in the Cook County Jail for lying about a hate crime.

Smollett went viral when he raised a fist in defiance, and yelled "I am not suicidal!" as he was led away to jail.

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But less than a week later, Smollett was released from jail while appealing his conviction.

Twitter users who hoped Smollett would go away were surprised to see him show up on the red carpet at the BET Awards. He may have been invited by his TV mom Taraji P. Henson who hosting the 2022 BET Awards.

One Twitter user wrote: "That's crazy how Jussie Smollett is out & about, showing his face like that situation never happened."

Another person tweeted: "Not Jussie smollet trying to get this black card reinstated."

And a third person wrote: "Jussie Smollett was seen at the BET Awards. He actually just made a wrong turn going to get a Subway sandwich."

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Jussie Smollett released a new single in which he declares his innocence and calls out his enemies who labeled him a pathological liar.

Smollett was convicted in March of lying to Chicago police about a hate crime hoax.

He was sentenced to 150 days in the Cook County Jail, but he only served 6 days. He was released from jail on March 16 while he appeals his conviction.

Smollett sings, "Thank you God for showing me my enemies." He also claimed his lies were corroborated.

"I never played the victim / Just trying to let y'all know / The truth about the distraction political show."

He also sings: "You think I'm stupid enough to kill my reputation?"

Smollett posted the lyrics on his Instagram account.

    "It's like they're hell-bent on not solving the crime / Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that's straight taking lives / But turn around and act like I’m the one that killed the strides."

Smollett said proceeds from the sales of the single will be donated to Rainbow Push Coalition, Secure the Bag Safety and the Illinois Innocence Project.

Click HERE to listen. You must have a Spotify account.

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Jussie Smollett's first night in the Cook County Jail was "uneventful" according to jail officials.

The disgraced actor shouted "I'm not suicidal!" after Judge James Linn sentenced Smollett to 150 days in jail and ordered him to pay $120,106 in restitution for lying to Chicago police. He was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and to provide a sample of his DNA as a convicted felon.

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The "Empire" actor wiped away a tear as he listened to his brother, Joel Smollett Jr., plead for leniency for him.

Smollett's sentencing hearing was held at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday, March 10, following his conviction on 5 of 6 counts of a class 4 felony in December.

The 39-year-old California native was booked into the Cook County Jail on Thursday night. His teary-eyed mugshot photo was released to the news media a few hours later.

The Cook County Jail was also home to R&B singer/songwriter R. Kelly, who is in a Brooklyn federal jail while awaiting sentencing for his racketeering conviction in New York last year.

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Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx lashed out at the special prosecutor who indicted Smollett after Foxx dropped all charges against him in 2019.

In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, published on March 10, she wrote:

"In Smollett's case, the mob was relentless, organized and effective. A judge appointed a special prosecutor with an unlimited budget to reopen the investigation into a nonviolent Hollywood actor, a complete disregard for the discretion that prosecutors must have to be effective and independent.

"Smollett was indicted, tried and convicted by a kangaroo prosecution in a matter of months. Meanwhile, the families of more than 50 Black women murdered in Chicago over the last 20 years await justice."

She continued:

"What is most frustrating is that my cooperation in a process I knew was illegitimate sets a precedent that can be weaponized against progressive prosecutors determined to break the cycle of inevitable outcomes. Further, I worry it will serve as a deterrent to the next generation of prosecutors eager to fight for critical reforms.

Anyone interested in an equitable system of justice should be worried too."

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Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in the county jail followed by 30 months felony probation for masterminding a hate crime hoax in January 2019.

He was also ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to the city of Chicago for wasting countless overtime hours investigating his false claims.

In an unexpected outburst, the stunned actor shouted "I AM NOT SUICIDAL! I AM NOT SUICIDAL! I am innocent!"

The judge ordered him remanded into the custody of the Cook County Sheriff. Smollett's attorneys asked the judge to stay the jail time while they file an appeal. But the judge denied the request.

"You're now a permanently convicted felon," the judge told Smollett before imposing his sentence.

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As Smollett was escorted from the courtroom on his way to jail, he raised a defiant fist in the air and shouted, "I AM NOT SUICIDAL!"

His sister yelled "Stop locking up our Black men!"

Smollett was arrested on Feb. 20, 2019 and charged with filing a false police report, a class 4 felony.

However, Smollett has friends in high places in the Windy City and all charges were dropped on March 26, 2019, sparking public uproar among citizens and police.

After the charges were dropped, allegations of favoritism were made against state prosecutor Kim Foxx. A special prosecutor was assigned to the case and Smollett was indicted again on 6 counts of felony disorderly conduct.

On December 9, Smollett was found guilty on 5 of 6 counts. Watch the sentencing hearing live below.

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Jussie Smollett's sentencing hearing is set for March 10, 2022.

Judge James Linn will likely sentence Smollett to prison for masterminding the hoax plot.

In December, a jury found Smollett guilty on 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police about a hate crime hoax in January 2019.
RELATED: Black Lives Matter Stands with Jussie Smollett Despite Guilty Verdict
According to the NY Post, Smollett will likely receive less than a year in prison and 5 years probation upon his release.

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Smollett, 2nd from left, is best known for his role in Fox TV's soap opera Empire. The show was canceled following Smollett's 2019 arrest in Chicago, where the series was based.

On March 26, 2019, all charges against Smollett were dropped by his friend, state prosecutor Kim Foxx.

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After a special prosecutor was appointed, Smollett was indicted again on six counts of felony disorderly conduct.

His trial began in November 2021, and on December 9, Smollett was found guilty of five of the six counts.

Smollett, who is openly gay, remained defiant and maintained his innocence after the trial.

Judges who preside over sentencing hearings prefer to see convicted felons show signs of remorse before deciding whether to spare them from doing prison time.

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A report on the Cook County State's Attorney's handling of the Jussie Smollett case found misconduct and "operational mistakes" by top prosecutor Kim Foxx.

The report written by Special Prosecutor Dan Webb was made public by a judge on Monday.

"I do believe that getting my report helps restore the public's confidence in our criminal justice system," Webb said. "That is what I was asked to do. I have done it and now I am glad the report is going to be released."
READ ALSO: Kim Foxx calls Jussie Smollett ‘washed up celeb who lied to cops’
The report found that Foxx made "operational mistakes" when she initially dropped felony charges against Smollett.

Webb poured through emails, texts, phone records and television news interviews to determine whether Foxx used her office to grant special favors to Smollett.

The special prosecutor's report found misleading and false statements by Foxx, including stating that Smollett had no criminal background. He reportedly lied about a DUI and got 24 months of probation.

In an op-ed to the Chicago Tribune, Foxx claimed she didn't have enough evidence to secure a conviction against the disgraced actor. "The likelihood of securing a conviction was uncertain."

In a phone call to Smollett's sister on Feb. 13, 2019, Foxx allegedly said: "Your brother should be fine as long as he stays consistent."

Foxx, a Democrat, previously said she cut off communications with Smollett's sister.

Webb's report concluded his investigation "did not develop evidence that would support any criminal charges against State's Attorney Foxx or any individual working at the CCSAO."

A jury found Smollett guilty on 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police about a fake hate crime in January 2019.

Judge James Linn set a post-trial hearing for Jan. 27, 2022. According to the NY Post, Smollett will likely receive less than a year in prison and 5 years probation upon his release.

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Jussie Smollett went from celebrated LGBT+ star to convicted felon following a tense moment in a Chicago courtroom on Thursday night.

A majority white jury found Smollett guilty of 5 counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police.

Smollett, 39, was on trial for lying about a racist, homophobic hate crime that police say he orchestrated against himself with the help of two pals.

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Despite the guilty verdict, the leaders of Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles say they still stand with the disgraced actor.

"So let's be clear: we love everybody in our community. We can never believe police, especially the CPD over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom," BLM LA leader Melina Abdullah said before the verdict.

Now, after the verdict, Abdullah tells TMZ she has not changed her stance.

She says Smollett still has their full support. Abdullah says the organization refuses to abandon its people and stands on the principle that the justice system is corrupt, according to TMZ.


Smollett faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in an upcoming hearing. He is currently free while he awaits sentencing.

Court observers say the judge may consider a perjury charge against Smollett for lying under oath when he repeatedly said, "There was no hoax."

A perjury charge would guarantee prison time for the former "Empire" actor.

The judge may also order him to pay $130,000 in restitution to Chicago PD to cover its expenses for investigating the hoax.

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Update 2: Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on the first 5 counts and not guilty on the 6th count. He was charged with 6 felony counts of lying to police.

He faces 15 years in prison on the first 5 counts. He could also be sentenced to probation.

Update 1: Jussie Smollett just arrived to a Chicago courthouse to hear the verdict in his hate crime hoax case.

On Wednesday, Judge James Linn told Smollett and his attorneys to be in the courtroom within 30 minutes of the announcement that a verdict has been reached.

That was over an hour ago.
Orginally posted on Dec. 9:

After 2 days of deliberations, the jury has reached a unanimous verdict in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax trial.

If found guilty, Smollett, 39, could be sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison or probation.

During the trial, a smug Smollett testified there was no hoax and he really was assaulted by a man who had intimate relations with him.

Smollett also exposed his former pal, CNN anchor Don Lemon who told him the Chicago police didn't believe his story.

Lemon didn't disclose that to his viewers, but he did say he was in close contact with Smollett in the days before his arrest.

Smollett was charged with six counts of lying to police, saying he was assaulted by two white supremacists. He claimed the white supremacists yelled "This is MAGA country," tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.

Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" OSundairo told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to gently assault him.

Prosecutors say Smollett orchestrated a homophobic, racist attack against himself to raise his profile in the TV and movie industry.

Even before the verdict was reached on Thursday, Smollett was shopping projects around and found financing for a TV project starring himself.

Black Lives Matter expressed support for the openly gay actor. A BLM spokesperson said: "We can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom."

Twitter users expressed skepticism.

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A jury has begun deliberations in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case in Chicago. Smollett, 39, faces six counts of lying to police after orchestrating a homophobic, racist attack against himself in January 2019.

In closing arguments on Wednesday, defense attorney Nenye Uche attempted to discredit Smollett's co-conspirators, Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo who say the former Empire actor paid them $3,500 to gently assault him, tie a noose around his neck and pour bleach on him.

On his second day on the witness stand, Smollett claimed he has never staged a hoax in his entire life.

He said allegations that he staged the attack were "100 percent false."

"What happened to me happened," he said.

But prosecutors say Smollett is a narcissist who orchestrated the attack in order to raise his profile on the canceled ABC TV series and on the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smollett is so confident he will be acquitted that he is already shopping movie and TV projects.

THR reports Smollett has found financing for a proposed TV series and a film.

The disgraced actor is shopping an untitled series pilot that he stars in and directed. It is described as a follow-up project to B-Boy Blues in New York and Los Angeles.

Cleveland radio and TV station owner Tom Wilson financed the project because he believes in Smollett's innocence.

Wilson is counting on the jury to acquit Smollett so the project can find a buyer.

"We just want the right verdict," says Wilson, "so we can get on with making projects that allow minorities, Blacks and gays the opportunity to show their artistry."

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Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense on day 5 of his hate crime hoax trial in Chicago on Monday.

Smollett, 39, faces six felony counts of lying to police -- charges that carry a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison for each count if convicted.

Instead of having a come-to-Jesus moment and showing some remorse on the witness stand, a smug Smollett lied under oath and said "there was no hoax."

He claimed he really was attacked by Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo on that chilly night in January 2019.

Smollett originally told police he was attacked by two white supremacists who called him a gay slur, tied a "noose" around his neck and poured bleach on him. He claimed they yelled Chicago was "MAGA country."

Smollett said he kept the thin clothesline around his neck when officers arrived at his apartment because his creative director Frank Gaston "told me to put the stuff back on as to not mess with the evidence."

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The disgraced actor said he hesitated to call police after the alleged attack because he was concerned over how it might impact his career.

"I want to play a boxer, I want to play a superhero, I want to blow stuff up. The moment I got beat I became a f****t who got his ass whooped."

He said he lost his livelihood because of all the bad publicity.
READ ALSO: PICS: Jussie Smollett spotted with mystery woman
Smollett also testified that he declined to hand over his cell phone to investigators because CNN anchor Don Lemon sent him a text message saying Chicago police didn't believe his story.

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On Saturday, CNN fired its troubled host Chris Cuomo for helping his disgraced brother Andrew Cuomo dig up dirt on his sexual harassment accusers.

However, CNN is standing by Chris Cuomo's pal, anchor Don Lemon who has his own sexual harassment case to worry about.

Lemon is accused of "vigorously" fondling a man's genitalia during a drunken incident at a Long Island bar in 2018.

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Dustin Hice (left) said he turned down three settlement offers from Lemon and CNN.

In response to Cuomo's termination, Hice called CNN "a predator protecting machine." He added, "They're a network rife with predators and perverts."

Lemon, 55, acknowledged texting Jussie Smollet "every day" in an episode of Red Table Talk in 2019.

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"So every day I say... 'I know you think I'm annoying you, but I just want to know how you're doing. And that you're OK. And that if you need somebody you can talk to me because there's not a lot of us [Black openly gay public figures] out there,'" Lemon said. "Sometimes he responds, sometimes he doesn't. He responded and said, 'You are not annoying.'"

Lemon explained his experience as an openly gay Black man in America.

"I've had fear recently because of the political environment. I get death threats... I have security," Lemon said. "All of these things that happen. Listen, we've always been divided ideologically, but there's something different going on now."

But Lemon turned on his former friend and called him a liar in 2019.

"He even lied to a lot of people... including me. And that's not cool," he told his viewers.

Lemon said Smollett had "lost the fight in the court of public opinion."

"He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don't know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives. Who knows? But it was handled poorly."

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Jussie Smollett took the stand in his own defense in a last-ditch effort to avoid going to prison.

Smollett raised a defiant fist as he arrived at the Cook County courthouse with his mother, Janet Smollett, on Monday, Dec. 6.

Despite his display of defiance sources say the "Empire" actor fears he will be convicted.

He is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for lying to police about an alleged hate crime in Chicago in 2019.

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The disgraced actor fears he will lose the case after one of his attorneys accused the judge of lunging at her last week.

Tamara Walker, Esq. accused Judge James Linn of moving aggressively toward her during a sidebar when she asked him to declare a mistrial.

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Judge Linn denied lunging at the curvaceous attorney and declined her request for a mistrial.

Smollett, 39, testified on Monday that he went to bathhouses, took drugs and had sex with one of his co-conspirators, Abel Osundairo.

Smollett told the jury that he and Abel Osundairo went to a gay bathhouse again and "there was some touching." He mentioned that there was gay pornography on the walls.

"We went alone, we got a private room again. We made out a little bit and this time we masturbated together."

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Smollett said he and Abel (left) went to the bathhouse after leaving a strip club with Abel's brother, Olabinjio Osundairo. Smollett was in a steady relationship with another man at the time.

A bathhouse is a place where gay men go for amenities such as massages and facials, and to have intimate relations with strangers in a wet environment.

Smollett made the admission because Abel testified last week that he and Smollett never had intimate relations.


Smollett said he took drugs with Abel because he felt pressured by "Empire" creator Lee Daniels (right).

He said Daniels told him that he was for gay Black men what Phylicia Rashad was for Black women on The Cosby Show.

The pressure made him turn to drugs, which Abel supplied him with, according to Smollett. He said he paid Abel $200 for drugs.

The actor said he was "creeped out by Abel's muscle-bound brother, Ola Osundairo, who Walker said was homophobic.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Curt Shilling deleted his Twitter on Wednesday after comparing NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

A crew member found what he said was a noose hanging in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

The "noose" was actually a garage door pull cord. Similar pull cords were hanging at every door in the Talladega garage.

NASCAR officials announced the finding of the "noose" to the public and called in the FBI, who sent 15 agents to Alabama to investigate the pull cord.

The FBI concluded there was no hate crime. The pull cord was in place in the garage since October 2019.

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In a tweet on Wednesday, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher compared Wallace, 26, to 38-year-old Smollett, who was indicted in 2019 for staging a hate crime attack on himself.

"So we have @JussieSmollett v 2.0? Where is the media recanting their idiocy? Shilling tweeted. "It was all a lie."

This isn't the first time Shilling made a controversial statement on social media. He was fired by ESPN in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page.

Wallace thanked NASCAR and his team on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's been an emotional few days. First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn't what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we'll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been. Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not distract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we've made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all."

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Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only Black or biracial driver, continues to insist he was a victim of a racist incident at Talladega.

A crew member found what he says was a noose hanging in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

The crew member and NASCAR officials apparently didn't notice that the same type of rope with a loop at the end was appended to all garage doors.

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Instead of investigating the matter thoroughly, NASCAR officials announced the finding to the public and called in the FBI, who sent 15 agents to Alabama to investigate the pull cord.

The agents collected the evidence -- the pull cord -- and sent it to Quantico, Virginia for analyses. They interviewed dozens of drivers and crew members and reached the conclusion that no hate crime was committed.

The pull cord, they say, was in place in the garage since October 2019. And no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that same garage bay in June 2020.

The FBI also found similar pull cords with hand loops at every garage door. This image from a 2017 video shows the pull cords.

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Despite the FBI's conclusion, Wallace, 26, continues to insist the pull cord was a "straight up noose".

Wallace told NBC's TODAY on Wednesday that he was "relieved" he wasn't targeted, but he claimed someone tied the rope into a “noose" -- even if it was targeted at him.

"I've never seen anything like it," Wallace said, confirming that he did indeed see the pull cord.

Wallace said after he learned about the rope, he was "adamant" that he searched the garages to make sure it wasn't a pull rope.

"When I did find out, I was adamant about searching all the other garages and making sure that this wasn't a garage pull, and it ended up being one," he told NBC.

But even after admitting it was a pull rope, Wallace told "The View" on Tuesday that the rope was meant as a racist symbol.

Wallace became the laughing stock of NASCAR on Tuesday. Social media has dubbed him "Bubba Smollett" after disgraced actor Jussie Smollett who pulled a similar hate crime stunt in Chicago that ended his career.

"It's still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just gonna try and debunk you," Wallace told NBC. "That's what I'm trying to wrap my head around now, from them saying that I'm fake and all this stuff, and I reported it when it was news that was brought to me, it was information that was brought to me that was already reported. So I was just kind of following suit."

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Jussie Smollett has been caught in another lie. The disgraced actor and his alleged attacker, Abel Osundairo, previously enjoyed a sexual relationship, an insider has alleged.

The 37-year-old actor was arrested last January for making false reports to the Chicago Police Department after he claimed he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters in a vicious hate crime attack in the city.

The Chicago police insist he staged the attack himself to gain publicity and to earn more money from Empire producers.

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Investigators say Smollett paid Abel (pictured left) and his brother Ola Osundairo (right) to stage the beating.

The charges were eventually dropped by Harris's friend, state prosecutor Kim Foxx, probably as a favor to their friend Michelle Obama.

In February, the new special prosecutor indicted Smollett on 6 charges of disorderly conduct.

Smollett, who is reportedly related to California Sen. Kamala Harris, pleaded not guilty and denied the charges. He claimed he paid the brothers $3,500 for performance enhancing drugs, but not to stage a crime.

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Smollett reportedly arranged for Abel and Ola to appear as extras in Empire. Ola is pictured at right in this jailhouse scene with Taraji P. Henson (center).

According to a new report, the former Empire star was sexually involved with Abel Osundairo after meeting at an upscale Chicago ghey bathhouse for affluent ghey men.

"They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with (Abel)," a source told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six. "They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID. It's known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent black gay men hang out.

"There should be a record (of their visits)," the source said, adding that the bathhouse records may be subpoenaed in Smollett's upcoming trial on charges of disorderly conduct.

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Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing on charges of disorderly conduct stemming from a hate crime hoax in Chicago.

Smollett, 37, pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of disorderly conduct at the Cook County Courthouse on Monday.

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Abel Osundairo and Ola Osundairo, the two Nigerian brothers who say Smollett paid them to attack him, also appeared in court with their attorney Gloria Schmidt.

"They are here because they want the truth to be told," Schmidt told reporters. The brothers will testify at Smollett's trial.

Smollett lost his job on Fox TV's Empire after he staged a hate crime and blamed Trump supporters for assaulting him, tying a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him.

A judge set Smollett's next hearing for March 18. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.