Jussie Smollett is facing criminal charges in connection with the police report he filed last January. To review, he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in Chicago that the cops believe was staged.
The former “Empire” star was indicted on six counts of disorderly conduct for making four separate false reports to the Chicago Police Department for what they’re alleging was a staged crime. These charges come almost a year after similar charges were abruptly dropped.
According Cook County special prosecutor Dan Webb, his investigation revealed that Jussie “planned and participated in a staged crime attack,” and then “made numerous false statements … reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred.”
Jussie will be arraigned on February 24th. If he’s convicted on the new charges, he faces between one and three years in jail, up to a $25-thousand dollar fine, and community service.
Source: NBC News