Empire actor Jussie Smollett is facing six counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports to police.
Dan K. Webb, a retired U.S. attorney was appointed as a special prosecutor in August to review the case. The actor had now been charged with “making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” Mr Webb said.
The indictment comes 11 months after the state’s attorney’s office dropped charges against the “Empire” actor in a controversial deal. Smollett is due in court on Feb. 24
Smollett last year said he was the subject of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago. He claimed he was punched in the face by two masked attackers, poured bleach on him and a rope wrapped around his neck. He also said his attackers made reference to MAGA, the Make America Great Again slogan used by Trump supporters.
The city has also sued the actor in a civil suit, seeking payment of more than $130,000 for overtime paid to officers involved in investigating his claims. Smollett has filed a counter suit.