Empire Actor Jussie Smollett did not plead guilty on Thursday for allegedly filing a false police report and hate crime.
Smollett told Chicago police that he was attacked in the early hours of January 29 by two men who shouted anti-gay insults, threw a bleach-like chemical at him, put a rope around his neck, and referred to President Trump's motto "Make America Great Again".
In a February interview with Robin Roberts on [Good Morning America] Smollett, who is black and openly gay, insisted on his innocence and said he was "angry" that people doubted he was being attacked.
"At first, it was a thing like, listen, when I tell that The truth is it then, because it's the truth," Smollett said of his skeptics. "Then it became a thing like, oh, how can you doubt that? How do you not believe that? It's the truth. "
Earlier this month, a grand jury in Cook County, Ill., Based on 1
When Smollett's alleged attack was first reported the case national headlines People supported the actor While the police continued the investigation, it was uncertain how much evidence was actually available for the attack.
"The allegations against Mr. Smollett are shameful and, if proven, they are an insult to the people of Chicago who embrace him as a neighbor and respected him as a role model, "commented the Chicago police Precher Anthony Guglielmi .
Mark Geragos, Smollett's lawyer, said in a recent week that the charges "are nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines" in order to distract from internal investigations that have begun to investigate the leak of the press and the intrusion of data protection charges were.
Geragos also described the number of charges as exaggerated and said the indictment was "superfluous and vengeful".
Meanwhile, the future of Smollett's role on Fox's Empire remains uncertain. The network said that his character Jamal will be cut off from the last two episodes of the season, but he will be included in episodes filmed to this point. Representatives of Als reached on Thursday, Fox had no comment.
A Smollett representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Smollett's next court date was scheduled for April 17.