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Jussie Smollett update: 'Empire' actor indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury for Chicago attack

CHICAGO (WLS) – A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the indictment which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday. CLICK HERE to read the full indictment Smollett was originally charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Feb. 20. RELATED: Timeline of key moments in alleged attack on Jussie Smollett Now the grand jury has returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. The TV actor claimed he was the victim of a vicious hate crime in the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. He said two but physically attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs, threw a chemical liquid on him and looped a rope around his neck. RELATED: Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct for filing false police report, prosecutors say The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, one of each lie smollett allegedly customs. The first set is related to what Smollett customs officers have to say about the attack, including the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, hit him with their hands, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him. The second set of charges is related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day, saying he was attacked from behind and they…

CHICAGO (WLS) – A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the indictment which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

CLICK HERE to read the full indictment

Smollett was originally charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on Feb. 20.

RELATED: Timeline of key moments in alleged attack on Jussie Smollett

Now the grand jury has returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

The TV actor claimed he was the victim of a vicious hate crime in the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. He said two but physically attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs, threw a chemical liquid on him and looped a rope around his neck.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct for filing false police report, prosecutors say

The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, one of each lie smollett allegedly customs. The first set is related to what Smollett customs officers have to say about the attack, including the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, hit him with their hands, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.

The second set of charges is related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day, saying he was attacked from behind and they fell to the ground, which point the men continued to kick him. Smollett was also the police on this occasion that one of his attackers was white.

The two sets of charges correspond to two sets of police officers Smollett allegedly lied to.

RELATED: Brother customs policy Smollett was upset threatening letter did not get enough attention, staged attack

A charge of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report carries a possible sentence of probation to three years. Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge. He was taken into custody and posted $ 1

00,000 bond to Friday. Experts believe it is likely he will strike a plea deal and potentially not spend time in prison.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett out of bond after being accused of staging attack

Two days after the alleged attack, Chicago police released surveillance images of two people they said they considered persons of interest in the attack.

But the investigation turned on Smollett. He’s now accused of allegedly orchestrating the attack with the Osundairo brothers, who he knew. One brother was an extra on “Empire” and the other was Smollett’s personal trainer.

Smollett had also reported a threatening letter to him on the “Empire” set containing a white powder, a week before the alleged attack. The letter is currently in the FBI crime lab for analysis, sources said, and experts believe Smollett could face federal charges for allegedly sending the letter.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett allegedly allegedly hoaxed on real hate crimes, advocates fear

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the actor initially filed a letter using racist and homophobic language. When that didn’t get his attention, Johnson said, “$ 3,500 paid via personal check to the attack, because he was” dissatisfied with his salary. ” Smellett’s character to be removed from “Empire”, producers say

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