Jussie Smollett: Empire actor faces 15 more charges for allegedly faking own racist and homophobic attack

Jussie Smollett: Empire actor faces 15 more charges for allegedly faking own racist and homophobic attack

Actor Jussie Smollett from TV show Empire. ( Chicago Police Department )

TV star Jussie Smollett faces 16 charges for allegedly falsely reporting a hate crime assault.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay and plays a gay character in hip-hop drama series Empire, is alleged to have lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack he claims took place on 29 January.

And a grand jury has now returned a 15-count felony indictment against the TV star, accusing him of filing a false police report claiming to be the victim of a hate crime assault.

The 36-year-old was also charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct last month.

A spokeswoman for Smollett, who was arrested and later released on $100,000 (£76,823) bond two weeks ago in connection with the initial charge against him, did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment.

At the time he was initially charged, Chicago’s police chief said that Smollett had paid two brothers to stage an assault on him.

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