Former Empire star, Jussie Smollet, has been charged with six disorderly conduct charges by a grand jury. It has been confirmed by the office of Special Prosecutor, Dan Webb, that the charges were handed down on Tuesday.
“A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” the office said in a statement.
This is yet another chapter in Smollett’s already lengthy saga. Smollett is currently facing a $130,000 lawsuit from the city of Chicago, which police and prosecutors say is the amount of money it cost to investigate Smollett’s alleged hate crime.
Last March, a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report but all charges were inexplicably dropped just weeks later, sending shockwaves through the Chicago Police Department. In addition to all of the legal drama, Smollett was not allowed to return to Empire for Season 6, which director Lee Daniels made abundantly clear last June while replying to a Variety article stating otherwise.
“@Variety @JoeOtterson This is not factual,” Daniels wrote. “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire. -LD.”