Wearing a navy suit and dress coat, Smollett, 36, appeared serious and quiet standing next to his attorneys as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to his case.
Until then, he will be allowed to travel to both NY and Los Angeles in order to meet with his attorneys, but he will be required to give authorities two days notice ahead of time and must let them know when he's returned to Chicago within 24 hours of returning.
Smollett also was in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether a judge should allow cameras in court. The charges all are Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony offense under IL law. The actor's attorney Mark Geragos called the indictment "vindictive" and "prosecutorial overkill".
A grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. Smollett's legal team entered the plea Thursday at a courthouse in Chicago, while the Empire actor and singer looked on silently. Otherwise, Smollett can not leave IL without the court's permission while he is free on bail, and Watkins admonished the actor to be present an on-time for all of his upcoming court dates. Each of the 16 counts against him covers various alleged acts that Smollett falsely described to the officers-including that he was hit by two men, that they yelled racial and homophobic slurs and poured a chemical on him.
"The fact of an indictment was not unexpected", the statement read. But the tide began to turn just days later, when police announced that the trajectory of the investigation had changed, and that Smollett would be treated as a suspect.
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They also shared that the two men who allegedly staged the attack with Smollett, Ola and Abel Osundairo (pictured below), are cooperating witnesses, and have since spoken out on the "hoax" via their lawyer.
Smollett is charged with lying to Chicago police about the January attack in the city's Streeterville neighborhood.
"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked".
"Empire" producers made a decision to remove Smollett's character, Jamal, from the final two episodes of the season.
"Jussie Smollett knew that at the time of this transmission there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed", the indictment states.