Jussie Smollett Slapped With 16 Felony Charges Over Alleged Hate Crime Hoax

Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 class four felony charges by a grand jury in relation to an alleged hate crime hoax.  The Empire star was arrested last month (Feb19) on one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, claiming he had been attacked by racists outside his apartment in Chicago, Illinois on January 29 – and now his legal problems have doubled with the indictments.  According to TMZ, a grand jury multiplied the amount of charges against Smollett on Thursday, increasing the total to 16.  The jury members reportedly tallied up the citations for each lie he allegedly told in the initial police report he submitted and the subsequent interview with cops about the attack, that law enforcement officers now insist was a hoax.

Photo Credit: Jussie Smollett via Instagram

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Scott Fox
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