Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on Tuesday in Chicago by a special prosecutor.
The actor was accused of falsely claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime back in January 2019.
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Smollett is due in court February 24 at the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California. He is indicted on six counts, accused of lying to Chicago police when he reported the attack last year, special prosecutor Webb said. Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct.
“Dan K. Webb, special prosecutor for Cook County, today announced that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (“OSP”) has now completed all of its investigative steps regarding Jussie Smollett, and has made the decision to further prosecute Mr. Smollett. Based on the recommendation of the OSP, a Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett 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,” Webb said in a statement.
Smollett’s troubles began back in early 2019 when he reported to police that he was physically and verbally attacked by two men.
The authorities abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett, providing little explanation.
Many believed Smollett faked the racist, anti-gay attack on himself with hopes of advancing his career.
Smollett was eventually no longer shown on his old TV Show “Empire.”
His new court date is set for February 24th, 2020.
This is a developing story, we will update it as more details become available.