A Chicago Grand Jury just indicted Empire actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report claiming a hate crime.


CBS 2 reports that Smollett could face probation to up to three years in prison.

According to the indictment:

“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time … there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed.”

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Smollett told lies to two different police officers, and the grand jury decided they would count each lie that Smollett told:

“If you have a crime, and that crime has multiple parts to it, you charge all those separate parts.

Last month, Smollett told police he was attacked at 2 a.m. when two masked men shouted racist and homophobic things at him. He also claimed they beat him and put a noose around his neck.

After an investigation, police said Smollett had paid Ola and Abel Osundairo (pictured above) $3,500 to stage the attack.

Video of the brothers buying supplies for the attack surfaced as evidence:

The brothers also bought supplies for the attack and were paid with a check by Smollett.

Smollet also sent himself hate mail:



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