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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to charges that he staged a hoax

Chicago (CNN)Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to accusations that he staged a hate crime and filed a false police report.The "Empire" actor, 36, was arraigned before Judge Steven Gregory Watkins, and his attorney entered the formal not guilty plea on his behalf. Watkins agreed to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York to meet with his lawyers and set his next hearing for April 17.Gloria Schmidt, the attorney for the brothers allegedly involved in the incident, was also seated in the courtroom.Smollett also was in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether a judge should allow cameras in court. His legal team said it welcomed cameras due to what it described as "misinformation" leaked to the media ...