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your honor we waive formal reading of the indictment and Mr small enters a plea of not , empire actor jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court Thursday the new charges that he falsely reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on the city streets , in an indictment by grand jury last Thursday small lead was charged with sixteen felony counts of disorderly conduct alleging he gave false accounts of an attack on him to police investigators each count carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a twenty five thousand dollar fine in January small let told police he was attacked by a masked supporters of president trump who beat him put a noose around his neck import a chemical on him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs Chicago detectives investigated the story of a hate crime and concluded the story to be a hoax why would anyone especially an African American man use the symbolism of a noose , to make false accusations , police also said small let hope the incident would advance his career and secure him my highest sour openly gay small let play the game musician on fox's hip hop drama empire that has been on the air since twenty fifteen he was removed from the last two episodes of the current season and its future on the show is now up in the air