CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — Jussie Smollett has returned to Chicago to finally stand trial for allegedly staging the racist and homophobic attack.

The former Empire actor was greeted by a huge crowd of reporters and photographers on his way into the courthouse Monday morning.


Smollett was accompanied by 7 family members, including his sister Jurnee Smollett, as he strode in to face charges of felony disorderly conduct over the alleged January 2019 attack.

A grand jury indicted Smollett last year on six counts, all related to lying to cops about the incident, and he’s pled not guilty to all the charges, reports TMZ.

This is take 2 for Chicago in prosecuting Smollett for allegedly lying. He’d originally been hit with 16 charges, but the prosecutor’s office unexpectedly dropped all of them back in March 2019.

A special prosecutor then presented the case to a grand jury, resulting in the 6 new charges.