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Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett’s case at hearing

Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett’s case at hearing
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CHICAGO—A judge is expected to be assigned to Jussie Smollett’s disorderly conduct case when the Empire actor returns to court Thursday.

That judge will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Jussie Smollett attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 afterparty in New York. Smollett is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men on Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago.  (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Smollett is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men on Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago.

The actor appeared in court earlier this week when prosecutors and defence attorneys agreed to allow cameras during Thursday’s hearing.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.

A grand jury in Chicago indicted him on 16 felony counts, which his attorneys have called “prosecutorial overkill.” Smollett, who is free on bond, maintains his innocence.
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