According to Huff Post, Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to a 16 count indictment for allegedly staging an assault.

The 36-year-old was previous charged with a single count for filing a false police report, after he staged a hate crime.

Smollett first reported the attack in late January, but his story fell apart in Feburary as authorities looked into the alleged incident.

A grand jury in Chicago indicted Smollett on additional charges for lying to police officers during two separate interviews.

His next court date was scheduled for April 17th.

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Washington Post 21 Aug 2019 22:43 CEST