Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Grand Jury

Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Grand Jury

". Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

He also claimed the men said "this is Maga country" during the assault, a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

According to court documents published online by local media, the 16-count indictment lists the specific statutes Smollett violated by telling police he had been attacked when he knew "there was no reasonable ground for believing" that such crimes had occurred. The letter is now in the FBI crime lab for analysis, sources said, and experts believe Smollett could face federal charges for allegedly sending the letter. It was widely expected, said Mark Geragos, a prominent attorney representing Smollett.

They did not immediately respond to Thursday's indictment. His attorneys have not specified how he will answer this new set of charges, but Smollett will likely be processed on the new charges during his upcoming appointment because he is already out on bond. Police claim Smollett orchestrated the attack due to disgruntlement with his Empire paycheck; the actor has denied those accusations.

Jussie Smollett is shown in the hospital with the scratches police say he gave himself after the "attack", left.

The second eight counts are more explosive because they include two things that helped propel the incident into an global sensation.

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Prosecutors said Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with the studio's response to the threatening letter.

But investigators say they managed to use a ride-sharing app to track and identify two brothers who were filmed near the scene.

The Chicago Police Department faces an internal investigation of their own after salacious details of Smollett's case continued to leak during the investigation.

The brothers say he paid them $3500 to do it and that he promised them an additional $500 which they would get when they came home from a trip to Nigeria.

The second set are related to another interview Smollet had with police later on the same day.

The TV executives revealed that they have taken the decision to remove his character from the final two episodes of the fifth season, which is now airing.

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