Empire” star Jussie Smollett appeared in Cook County court on Thursday and entered a not guilty plea to 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Judge Steven Watkins has been assigned to this case and his first order of business was granting a motion that will allow Jussie to travel to New York and California to meet with his legal counsel as needed.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 17.

It is unclear if Judge Watkins will continue to allow cameras in the courtroom.



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