‘Empire’s’ Jussie Smollett hit with 16 depend felony indictment by grand jury
According to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office, an Illinois grand jury has indicted actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for submitting a false police report.
Robert Foley, a senior advisor within the state lawyer’s workplace instructed ABC News that the grand jury returned two separate units of prices. The first set is expounded to false report Smollet gave officers in regards to the alleged assault, together with being known as him racial and homophobic slurs, being struck by his attackers with their fingers, a noose being put round his neck together with a chemical substance being poured on him.
The second set of prices stem from the second interview Smollett had with police in regards to the alleged assault later that day.
“As Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson said, allegations towards Mr. Smollett are shameful & if confirmed, they're an affront to the folks of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor & revered him as a task mannequin. We stand behind the work of detectives…,” mentioned Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a press release launched on Friday Twitter.
Smollett already pleaded not responsible to the primary disorderly conduct cost. He was ordered to give up his passport and was taken into custody, and posted his $100,000 bond to be freed shortly after.
The two males, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who had been recognized as Smollets “attackers, had been arrested on Feb. 13 however then launched with out prices after police mentioned they had been now not thought of suspects.
According to regulation enforcement, the brothers instructed investigators that Smollett paid them $three,500 to assist orchestrate and stage the crime after he grew to become upset threatening letter addressed to him and delivered on Jan. 22 to the Fox studio the place “Empire” is filmed didn't get sufficient consideration.
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