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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to renewed hoax charges

Jussie Smollett is sticking to his story… not guilty!

The “Empire” actor is facing charges again for the alleged faking of a hate crime he suffered in January 2019, which he still insists he’s innocent of.

On Tuesday, TMZ caught up with the actor and his lawyer while leaving the Los Angeles International Airport. When asked how he’s holding up, his lawyer said Jussie is resilient and will pull through.


The newsman asked: “You claim to be innocent still. Are you still maintaining your innocence?” Jussie replied: “I don’t claim to be innocent. I am innocent”.

The newsman asked: “This double jeopardy thing is a fascinating argument that we’re talking about. You think that can hold up in court?”

“I do, that’s why we filed the motion,” Jussie’s lawyer said.

Another question was asked, “Jussie, listen, which is a better defence: you didn’t do it, or the double jeopardy?” Jussie replied, saying: “The truth is the best defence.”


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