Empire Star Jussie Smollett was just indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury, according to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com.
The Cook County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace confirmed that Smollett, 36, who was initially charged with 1 felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, now has 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for the very same offense.
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The grand jury was mentioned to have returned two sets of charges on Thursday. The 1st set was in relation to the info he offered officers on the evening of the attack, which was also the initial story that broke the news.
As Radar reported, the horrid information incorporated alleged police reports that the attackers screamed racial and homophobic slurs at him, “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him, and in a horrific move, “one of the offenders wrapped a rope about the victim’s neck.”
The second set of charges was primarily based on the second interview he had when he met with cops once more later that day.
With the new charges against him, Smollett faces a achievable anyplace from probation to 4 years.
It is believed he will take a plea deal to avoid from spending jail time.
As Radar reported, Smollett was hospitalized on January 29th just after getting attacked in a Chicago alley at 2AM in what was believed to be a hate crime.
An investigation of the attack backfired when Radar exclusively reported the cops identified a number of “persons of interest.”
The males have been later identified as brothers Olabinjo “Ola” and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, 1 of whom worked on the set of Empire as an additional.
Smollett was arrested for filing a false police report. He is accused of paying the brothers $three,500 to stage the violence as he was dissatisfied with his salary on Empire. The charge is now claimed to have been for physical instruction.
He pled not guilty for the charge and was released on a $100,000 bond.
As Radar reported, Smollett’s character has also been axed from the final two episodes of Empire’s subsequent season.
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