“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted earlier this month on 16 felony counts after authorities said he filed false reports of a crime.
The indictment charged Smollett, 36, with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Here’s how things started: Smollett reported to police in January that he had been attacked in Chicago in an incident that ended with a noose around his neck. Police initially investigated the case as a possible hate crime.
The indictment: The indictment said Smollett told police he was attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs during an attack at 2 a.m.
After police detained two brothers who were “persons of interest” in mid-February, police sources revealed that authorities suspected Smollett knew the men and allegedly had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. The men were released without being charged.
Smollett denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.