What was first reported as a racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett has turned into a 16 felony account indictment against the Empire actor.
The 36-year-old singer originally claimed he was assaulted on January 29th, providing testimony to what some referred to as a “modern day lynching” by white men wearing MAGA hats. However upon local poloice full investigation, Smollet’s facts didn’t line up with his story. On Friday, a Grand Jury returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct against the Chicago native for filing a false police report.
Embed from Getty ImagesIn total, the jury returned two separate sets of charges, one for each lie Smollett allegedly told. The first charges are related to what he conferred to officers about the attackers calling him racial and homophobic slurs, striking him with their hands, putting a noose around his neck, and pouring some sort of chemical bleach substance on him. The additional set of charges are related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day, saying the perpetrators approached him from behind and he fell to the ground, at which point the men continued kicking him. In all, the two sets of charges correspond to both sets of police officers that the actor allegedly lied to.
Felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report carries a possible sentence of probation to three years, though experts believe that Smollett will strike a plea deal and potentially not spend time in prison. Stay tuned as this issue is still developing.
Keep up with the latest trending music news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.