Chicago grand jury returns felony indictment after Empire actor claimed he was victim of hate crime

A grand jury in Chicago has returned a 16-count felony indictment against television actor Jussie Smollett, accusing him of filing a false police report when he claimed he was the victim of a hate-crime assault by supporters of Donald Trump, local media reported on Friday, citing court records.

The Empire actor was previously charged in a criminal complaint with felony disorderly conduct, involving lying to police in relation to a supposed racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago on 29 January.

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