Jussie Smollett is sticking to his guns as the drama surrounding his alleged fake crime intensifies.
The ‘Empire’ star pleaded not guilty to accusations that he lied to police about being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago just a few weeks ago.
The plea was entered Thursday by his lawyer Tina Glandian.
This comes on the heels of Smollett being charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Judge Steven Watkins, the judge overseeing the case, granted Smollett’s request to travel to New York and California on the condition that he gives the court a 48 hours’ notice.
His next hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Smollett went from victim to suspect after his story that men wearing MAGA hats attacked him, poured a bleachy substance on him and tied a noose around his neck while shouting racists and homophobic slurs.
Two suspects were arrested but almost immediately it was revealed that Smollett met the Nigerian brothers on the set of ‘Empire’ and paid them to attack him.
Prosecutors believe that Smollett’s allegations have no merit and that staged the incident because he was upset with his salary and wanted to drum up publicity to boost his career.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s legal team remains clear that the actor only paid them to train him.
They’ve been working overtime hoping the judge will allow cameras in the courtroom so that the public will see the evidence and form their own opinion.
Considering the severity of the allegations and the interest in this case, it’s unclear if their ask will be honored.
For what it’s worth, Smollett has been attending all court hearings.
Many of the actors on the hit series believe Smollett’s legal troubles are bad news for the series. And they may be onto something.
FOX has yet to renew the series for its sixth season despite usually giving the renew or cancel ruling in early January.
Ratings for Wednesday night’s episode also took a hit clocking in down 12 percent from its winter finale and marking the second-lowest numbers ever.
Serayah told US Weekly that the cast and crew were shocked and a little shaken up, but they’ve remained professional because they have a “job to do” and a season to finish up.
Most of Smollett’s cast members have been mum on his legal situation though there have been rumors that there is animosity on set.
What do you about the latest developments? Is Smollett telling the truth? Or is he guilty?
Lili Reinhart to Play a Stripper in New Movie & Dark Betty Would Be Proud
Dark Betty would be so proud of Lili Reinhart’s next gig.
In her first ever movie role following her rise to stardom on Riverdale, Lili has been tapped to play a stripper in a film called Hustlers alongside Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez!
According to Deadline, the film, inspired by a 2016 New York Magazine article, follows a group of strip club employees who come up with a plan to get revenge on their wealthy Wall Street clients.
It will fittingly be set in during the financial crisis of the 2000s.
The stellar cast also includes Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), and Julie Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You).
Playing a stripper is definitely a far departure from Lili’s current goody two-shoes character Betty, but even good girls go bad and Betty’s no stranger to the pole.
If you want a sneak peek at the Hustler’s movie, we suggest watching her Serpent sexy dance in the iconic scene below!
The ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 2 Trailer is Dark & Sexy
Sabrina is finally embracing her dark side on season 2 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
Heck, she’s not just embracing it, she’s loving it!
The second season premieres Friday, April 5, and though that’s almost around the corner, after watching this full-length trailer, we fear it can’t come soon enough.
On the heels of Sabrina’s dark baptism, Sabrina has a new look, a new attitude and a love triangle mortal high school boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and warlock Nick.
The darkness continues with reports of levitation, a slaughter of demons, and resurrection of witches all from a first-year, half-mortal.
That’ll definitely give Sabrina’s Aunties something to worry about.
Sabrina’s witchy antics even raised an eyebrow from Satan himself, Lucifer Morningstar, who appears briefly at the end of the video.
Is it just me or did no one else expect the Dark Lord to that young and good looking?
Harvey is not going to be pleased with this development.
We’re in for a deliciously wild binge come April!
Check out the full trailer below:
Supergirl: James Olsen’s Sister Promoted to Season 5 Series Regular
Are you ready to meet the other Olsen?
You’re not the only one sitting there asking yourself “James Olsen has a sister?”
We’re not familiar with any other Olsen family members because we haven’t yet met Kelly Olsen.
However, that’s all about to change after this Sunday’s episode of Supergirl.
Azie Tesfai (Melrose Place reboot, Jane the Virgin) makes her recurring debut as James’ sister.
In fact, she’s staying permanently as The CW already promoted to series regular for season 5.
But what’s keeping her in town?
Promotional photos reveal that while things didn’t work out between Kara and James, it’s possible that Alex and Kelly may be feeling a spark.
Or maybe Kelly is just concerned about her brother James, who, as you know from reading our review of Supergirl Season 4 Episode 13, was shot in the back in the final moments of the episode.
James will likely survive the attack, but considering he was shot in the spinal area, he may be permanently paralyzed.
Many fans theorize that Lena will use her research to save James’ life by making him the first superhuman in National City.
With James’ fate uncertain, it only makes sense that his closest family member is going to check up on him.
Kelly isn’t the only sibling making a debut during the episode.
Supergirl Season 4 Episode 14 also introduces Jon Cryer as the villainous Lex Luthor who is going to be stirring up some trouble.
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