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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 21: In this handout provided by the Chicago Police Department, Jussie Smollett poses for a booking photo after turning himself into the Chicago Police Department on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The 36-year-old "Empire" star is facing a class four felony charge for filing a false police report after claiming he was the victim of an assault on January 29th. (Photo by Chicago Police Department via Getty Images)

Jussie Smollett returned to court on Thursday 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.