“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was indicted today by a Grand Jury on 16 felony counts and faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted, according to NBC News.
Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the alleged false report he made with Chicago police on Jan. 29, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In it he claimed he was assaulted by two masked men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs.
The Mail reports, “The Empire actor was initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 86-page indictment that was returned on Thursday. Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000.”
A copy of the indictment was obtained by the Mail which claims the 15 new charges were split into two sets.