Jussie Smollett of ‘Empire’ fame is up to his neck in charges!
Originally indicted on one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on Feb. 20. the 36-year-old has now seen that count bumped up to 16!
A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records.
The Cook county State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday
The grand jury returned two separate set of charges.
The first set are related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with his their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
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 carry a possible sentence of probation to four years each. Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge after he was taken into custody and posted $100,000 bond to be released.