Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts of Disorderly Conduct

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts of Disorderly Conduct

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts.

The indictment says Smollett told police he was attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs during an attack at 2 a.m.

A grand jury in the United States has indicted Empire actor Jussie Smollett on 16 charges related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.

Smollett, who was arrested last month on a criminal complaint with a single count of disorderly conduct, will be arraigned on the new charges on Thursday. The first set is related to what Smollett told police officers about the alleged attack, and the second set is related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the incident.

"A conviction on any count could lead to a sentence ranging from probation to up to three years in prison", the Chicago Tribune reports.

Smollett has been charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct in connection with falsely filing a police report. That America was a disgustingly racist country, that blacks would never get a fair shake of the stick and Orange Man Bad given those MAGA hats. Police initially investigated the case as a possible hate crime.

Fox network and the studio that produces Empire had no immediate comment on the latest indictment. Jussie Smollett's next court appearance will be on March 14, 2019.

Johnson said "This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary, so he concocted a story about being attacked".

The indictment read: "Jussie Smollett knew that at the time of this transmission there was no reasonable ground for believing that such an offense had been committed".

Smollett and his legal team previously said they are gearing up to launch an "aggressive defense", according to his attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson.

Reports of an assault on Smollett drew outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities.

Smollet also provided false information to Los Angeles law enforcement authorities in 2007, and police in Chicago have requested details regarding the case after Smollett was accused of faking a self-inflicted hate-crime upon himself.

Fox, which produces "Empire", later announced that Smollett would be suspended in order to "avoid further disruption on set".

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