Chicago, IL – A grand jury has indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 felony accounts for submitting false police reviews about an alleged hate crime. According to CBS Chicago, a Cook County grand jury returned the 16-count felony indictment towards him on Thursday (March 7).
Smollett was initially charged by the State Attorney’s Office with a felony of disorderly conduct, however the brand new indictments compound Smollett’s scenario even additional.
The grand jury handed over two units of fees: one for Smollett’s preliminary report back to the Chicago Police Department and the opposite for Smollett’s second interview with cops. Both are Class four felonies.
The indictment partially reads, “Jussie Smollett knew that on the time … there was no cheap floor for believing that such offenses had been dedicated.”
Smollett allegedly staged the racist and homophobic assault in January exterior of his Chicago residence constructing. He instructed police he was attacked as he was strolling house round 2 a.m. native time on January 29.
He mentioned two masked males screamed “racist and homophobic slurs,” put a noose round his neck and poured a chemical (believed to be bleach) on them. One reportedly mentioned, “This is MAGA nation” whereas carrying a purple hat related to the Trump’s “Make America Great Again” initiative.
As police dove additional into Smollett’s account, they decided the Empire actor had paid Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo to stage the assault. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Smollett additionally ordered the Osundairo brothers to purchase the noose, hat and masks at an Uptown ironmongery shop.
The police additionally consider the scratches and bruises on Smollett’s face had been possible self-inflicted, though the brothers did punch him.
Smollett allegedly staged the assault as a result of he was upset concerning the wage Empire was paying him.
The disgraced actor is scheduled for arraignment on March 14.