Empire actor, Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County by filing a false police report.
TV actor Jussie Smollett,told Chicago police he was attacked by two masked men who used racial and homophobic slurs during an attack on him at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck before fleeing. Police detained two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osunrinde in mid-February.
The first set of charges are from the actor’s initial testimony about his attack, and the second from his second interview with police later that same day.
The new set of charges each carry a possible sentence of probation to four years. Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge. He was taken into custody and posted $100,000 bond to be freed
One of Smollett’s attorneys has described the indictment as a “prosecutorial overkill”, also adding that it is “redundant and vindictive”. He will be arraigned on Thursday.