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Jussie Smollett returns to court to face new charges

Jussie Smollett (Photo credit: Splash Media)

Jussie Smollett is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, after facing a new set of charges.

The “Empire” star was originally accused of orchestrating a racist and homophobic attack on himself back in January 2019, and while original charges against him — which included 16 felony counts of lying to police — were eventually dropped, he is now facing fresh charges over a year after the alleged attack. He had been indicted by a special Cook County grand jury on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making four separate false reports about the attack.

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, who has been appointed in this case to examine the state’s attorney’s office’s handling of the case, is expected to attend the hearing in front of Chief Judge LeRoy Martin Jr., who will reveal which judge has been selected to preside over the case.

It is believed he will then tell the actor and his lawyers that they must immediately report to the trial judge.

The 37-year-old actor has always denied he has done anything wrong, as he explained outside of a courtroom in March: “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”

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