According to the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, last month, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making a false report involving Chicago police. He claimed that he was assaulted by two men who screamed out racial and homophobic slurs. He also said the attackers poured bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett paid Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo by check for a “phony attack” in order to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. Illinois attorney Rod Drobinski told Fox News the grand jury hit Smollett with a separate count for every different crime he alleged had been perpetrated against him (eight in all) — to each of the officers he spoke with (two). Thus, the 16 total counts.