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Jussie Smollett returned to court on This morning.
He pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct from filing a false police report for the alleged staged hate crime against him.
Each of the 16 counts carries up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. A grand jury indicted Smollett on the charges last week.
Smollett will be back in court on April 17th.