A grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing actor Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police.
The charges stem from Smollett’s assertion that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January 2019.
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Special prosecutor Dan Webb issued a statement announcing the indictment.
The police charged Smollett initially the following month with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging the attack and lying about it to investigators.
The police dropped the charges in March 2019 with little explanation which angered some police officials
Smollett told police he was walking home early on Jan. 29, 2019, when two masked men approached him,
made racist and homophobic insults, beat him, and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing.
He said his assailants, at least one of whom he said was white, told him he was in “MAGA country” —
a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Several weeks later, authorities alleged that Smollett had paid two black friends $3,500
Jussie told the attackers to help him stage the attack because he was unhappy with his salary as an actor on “Empire” and his career wasn’t great.