Hollywood, CA – Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts Thursday (March 7) after he allegedly staged a hate-fueled assault — on himself. According to TMZ, a supply mentioned the Empire actor was fielding presents nearly weekly and now, the cellphone has stopped ringing.
Smollett, who claimed he was assaulted by two racist and homophobic attackers in January, was reportedly being supplied numerous alternatives following the alleged assault. Sources say he was getting presents for films, tv reveals, commercials, interviews and appearances.
But as soon as he was arrested and charged with a felony for submitting a false police report, the whole lot dried up.
To add insult to damage, a lot of his Empire co-stars withdrew their assist. The Empire creators additionally eliminated Smollett’s character from the ultimate two episodes of the season so as to hold peace on the set.
Smollett is anticipated to be arraigned on March 14. His lawyer is asking the indictment “overkill.”
“We knew that there isn’t a manner they’d expose their proof to a public airing and topic their witnesses to cross-examination,” Mark Geragos instructed USA Today. “What is surprising nonetheless, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts towards Jussie.
“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing greater than a determined try to make headlines so as to distract from the inner investigation launched to analyze the outrageous leaking of false info by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and unlawful invasion of Jussie’s privateness in tampering together with his medical data.
Smollett adamantly maintains his innocence.