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?
19 TV Characters with Mommy Issues
It may be Mother’s Day, but it’s important to remember that not all relationships between mother’s and their children are ideal.
Not all mothers have been warm and nurturing towards their children which has resulted in a lot of pain and mommy issues.
While daddy issues are more common, there’s a handful of characters who suffer because of absent or overbearing mother’s, mother’s who pushed too hard, or even, abusive mother’s.
On the other hand, some mother’s are so close with their children, the relationship teeters on obsessive.
See the slideshow at TV Fanatic!
Roswell, New Mexico Renewed For a Second Season!
The stars have aligned for Roswell, New Mexic.
Roswell, New Mexico just got a green light for its second season following last night’s momentous, jaw-dropping, and game-changing season 1 finale.
In the finale of The CW’s reboot, Noah was killed off after Max tapped into his God-like powers and though it seemed like everything was finally going to settle into normalcy, Max sacrificed himself to bring back Liz’s sister, Rosa, who had been preserved all these years in Noah’s pod.
The finale saw an uptick in audience — it’s biggest since February — which likely assured The CW that giving the series a season 2 was a good idea.
Roswell, New Mexico has amassed a pretty dedicated following; we’ve all been holding on for some positive renewal news.
Now, what’s going to happen with Rosa? How will she assimilate to life in Roswell, New Mexico after being dead for years? And how will they bring back Max?
Pop Up Bar ‘Cosmo Carrie’s’ Brings ‘Sex and the City’ & Cosmos to Chicago
Sex & the (windy) city.
If you’ve been missing Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, you have to make your way down to Ironside Bar & Galley’s latest Sex & the City inspired pop-up, ‘Cosmo Carrie’s.’
‘Cosmo Carrie’s’ transforms the basement of the bar into a pink, glamorous ode to the HBO series.
Are you ready to party like it’s 1998?
The SATC-inspired bar opened for Valentine’s Day, just in time to grab drinks with your besties, but the reception has been so incredible, they’ve decided to extend the pop-up for another two months!
Manager Dave Andrews and his team created four signature cocktails inspired by the four leading ladies.
There’s the classic Cosmo inspired by Carrie, a Miranda Powersuit Martini which features a splash of prosecco, and a sweet Charlotte Honey Appletini.
As for Samantha, she inspired a “dessert” drink with Godiva dark chocolate and vanilla cold brew coffee.
If Martini’s aren’t your thing, there’s a full specialty menu of drinks designed and named after supporting characters.
The pop-up also features a full-menu with salmon avocado toast, buffalo chicken balls, a New York-style burger, and other delicious bites.
And since everything is all about the ‘gram these days, there are plenty of Instagrammable moments throughout the pop-up.
You can pose with the character cardboard cutouts, clink your Cosmo’s for a boomerang, or pose with the ladies on the official backdrop.
Grab your girlfriends and make your way down to the nostalgic pop-up before it’s over!
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