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Empire star Jussie Smollett indicted over assault claim

Empire star Jussie Smollett indicted over assault claim

IL attorney Rod Drobinski reviewed the indictment and told Fox News the grand jury hit Smollett with a separate count for every different crime he alleged had been perpetrated against him (eight in all) - to each of the officers he spoke with (two).

On Friday, the case went in front of a grand jury in Chicago and they added 15 additional counts to the one charge he was already facing.

Jussie Smollett now faces 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct which carry a maximum prison sentence of 48 years.

Smollett has been charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct in connection with falsely filing a police report.

Smollett, who was released on bail from jail the day after he was charged on February 20, is scheduled to appear in court next week. That America was a disgustingly racist country, that blacks would never get a fair shake of the stick and Orange Man Bad given those MAGA hats. The US does have a method of upping the seriousness of a crime and the punishment for it - a "hate crime".

Smollett has consistently denied any involvement in orchestrating the attack against himself.

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The move came a day after the 36-year-old was charged with lying to Chicago police about the allegedly staged incident, in which he said two masked men beat him and slung a noose around his neck while yelling racist and homophobic abuse. Jussie Smollett's next court appearance will be on March 14, 2019.

The specific charges against Smollett in the 16-count indictment were not immediately clear, but a local CBS affiliate said it alleges the actor knew "there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed".

Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Mr Smollett told at least one of the brothers that he was "dissatisfied" with his salary on the show.

The 30-page indictment reveals eight felony counts for his initial story to Chicago Police and eight more counts for the story he subsequently told a detective.

He's likely to arrange a plea deal, ABC7 reported. Johnson told reporters that police suspect that Smollett sent to Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot a letter threatening the actor.

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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