Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Chicago Grand Jury

LOS ANGELES CA- JUNE 03 Host Jussie Smollett speaks onstage at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

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Smollett, who claimed he was the subject of a racist and homophobic attack at the hands of two men on January 29 in Chicago, told investigators that he was attacked by two masked men "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs". Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge.

The Cook County State's Attorney charged Smollett on February 20 with one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

He also said that at least one of the attackers had yelled, "This is MAGA country", referring to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

Smollett stands accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime with the help of Ola and Abel Osundairo, siblings who were initially regarded as persons of interest in the attack and have since turned into key witnesses.

The shift in the investigation came amid often bitter public debate and stinging skepticism on social media - doubts that Smollett addressed in a national TV interview and in a strongly worded statement after the brothers were released from custody after questioning by police.

ABC7 reported on March 8 the Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the grand jury's indictment of Smollett.

On January 29th it was reported that Jussie Smollett was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago.

There are new developments in Jussie Smollett's case.

Each new charge carries a potential jail sentence of up to four years.

The trouble is not yet over for "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, despite being out on bond on a single count of filing a false police report with the Chicago Police Department.

The second set of charges is related to the second interview Smollett did with cops about the alleged attack later that day. The letter is now in the FBI crime lab for analysis, sources said, and experts believe Smollett could face federal charges for allegedly sending the letter.

The actor has not been charged for allegedly sending himself a threatening letter days before the attack, as police have alleged.

Smollett stated there were two men involved and though he couldn't physically identify their faces, they were white.

Jussie Smollett's legal troubles are far from over.

Since Smollett's arrest, the producers of "Empire" announced that the actor's character would be removed from the season's final two episodes.

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