Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts in alleged hate crime hoax

Embattled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury — worsening his authorized troubles amid allegations that he lied to cops a couple of phony hate crime assault, in accordance with a report Friday.

The 36-year-old actor was hit with the counts Thursday for allegedly submitting a false police report, Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace advised Chicago’s ABC 7. He was initially charged with only one felony depend of disorderly conduct on Feb. 20.

In late January, Smollett, who’s homosexual, claimed he was attacked by two masked males who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him and put his neck in a noose. He additionally stated his attackers poured what he believed was bleach over him.

He’s suspected of staging the hate crime and mendacity to cops, police have stated.

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