Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts in hate hoax attack

Smollett insists he is innocent.

March 08, 2019 - 4:41 pm

CHICAGO, IL (KFTK) - A grand jury in Chicago has indicted actor Jussie Smollet on 16 felony counts.

Last month, Smollett was charged with one felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hate crime.

According to CBS Chicago, he is scheduled to be arraigned on March 14. The specific allegations, "false report of offense," are Class 4 felonies. 

Smollett had claimed two men beat him, yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him. 

More specifically, Smollett said that he heard one of the men yell, "this is MAGA country."

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