‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury

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An Illinois grand jury has indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.

The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, Robert Foley, a senior advisor in the state attorney’s office told ABC News.

The first set is related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.

PHOTO: Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Feb. 21, 2019.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Feb. 21, 2019.

The second set of charges are related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day.

The new set of charges each carry a possible sentence of probation to four years, according to WLS. Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge. He was ordered to surrender his passport and taken into custody, after which he posted $100,000 bond to be freed.