TV star and alleged hate crime fabricator Jussie Smollett has been slapped with sixteen felony charges by a Cook County grand jury, landing the actor in more trouble than he likely anticipated.
The grand jury returned the 16-count bill of charges in connection to the fake hate crime, which includes disorderly conduct- false report, which Smollett reportedly committed on several occasions.
According to NBC News, each charge against Smollett carries four years of probation, though it is unlikely the Empire actor is going to be convicted on more than a few of the aforementioned charges. Furthermore, most Cook County cases are resolved through plea bargains.
While more than a few charges rarely stick in the Windy City, Smollett could lose out big time if the case is taken to trial.
On January 29, Smollett claimed that he was attacked by two white men wearing black. The men reportedly hung a noose around his neck,beat him and doused him in bleach. During the attack, the men shouted racial and homophobic slurs, as well as telling Smollett that he was in “MAGA country,” a statement that made zero sense, given the political demographic of the location where the alleged attack took place.
The grand jury’s bill states that Smollett lied about the attack to two separate police officers, with one being a beat cop and the other a detective.
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