He also reportedly asked that the judge allow cameras in the courtroom, and the judge complied, meaning the shocked public will continue to see updates on Smollett's case.
The Empire actor arrived at the Cooks County court in a gray coat, which he wore over gray trousers, a white button-up shirt and a tie.
Smollett is due back at the Leighton Criminal Court Building again Thursday when he is scheduled to be arraigned on the 16 counts and have a judge assigned to preside over his case.
Smollett's attorneys didn't object to the presence of media in the courtroom, saying there had been a lot of "false information spread" in the case, according to NBC Chicago.
On Feb. 22, the television show "Empire" said Smollett would be written out of the last two episodes of the season, which still had yet to be filmed.
"He's not hiding from anything".
Smollett was charged last month with one count of misconduct -the felony in IL that people are charged with when accused of lying to police - because he allegedly lied to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago on January 29. The high profile attorney will be representing Smollett in court on Thursday. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says. Those men have admitted to police that they took part in the staged attack for Smollett, who paid them $3,500. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination.
Smollett's attorneys have called the charges "prosecutorial overkill" and say the actor maintains his innocence.
As previously reported, the Superintendent of Chicago PD, Eddie Johnson, accused the Empire actor of staging his January attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary." After an investigation that lasted longer than three week, prosecutors charged Smollett with making a false report.
He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted".