Smollett indicted on 16 counts in hoax attack case

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts

A grand jury in Chicago has returned 16 charges against USA actor Jussie Smollett, accusing him of falsely claiming to police that he had been the victim of a hate crime. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he was attacked on January 28 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck. The two brothers who allegedly participated are black.

Each charge is said to carry a potential sentence of probation to four years behind bars.

BREAKING: Grand jury returns 16 count felony indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Following the news, attorney Mark Geragos - who is representing Smollett - said in a statement obtained by Fox News that "the fact of an indictment was not unexpected".

The 16 counts are based on each alleged falsehood Smollett relayed to the police officers who initially responded to his call and the detectives assigned later.

Second person cured of HIV in major medical breakthrough
The so-called "London patient", who remains anonymous, underwent stem cell transplantation to treat Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2016. Gupta described his patient as " functionally cured " and "in remission", but cautioned, "It's too early to say he's cured".

One brother was an extra on "Empire" and the other was Smollett's personal trainer. He was taken into custody and released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

Recently, rap star Drake's dad Dennis Graham spoke up for Smollett amid his publicized attack and rumors suggesting he might have staged it. The actor-singer was hospitalized with cuts and bruises after he said the men poured a bleach-like substance on him and put a noose around his neck.

These charges are in addition to the "felony disorderly conduct - false report" Smollett was hit with last month.

Smollett, who is now on bail, is due in court for arraignment on Thursday March 14. Apparently, he wants us to believe two friends of his waited around in the middle of the night in subzero Chicago weather for an opportunity to commit a hate crime against him while posing as Trump supporters.

Chicago Police Department confirmed on Thursday (March 7) that the department was looking into leaks related to the case. They cause harm to legitimate victims who are in need of support by police and by investigators as well as the citizens in the city.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google Duplex now lets you book restaurants in more U.S. states
Mar 09, 2019 - 00:38
Engadget reported that the automated voice-calling tech will now be available for Pixel phone owners. The company's fix center page still doesn't reflect the news, but Google says it'll update it soon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paddy Lowe leaves Williams
Mar 09, 2019 - 00:36
Williams said in a statement that "Paddy is taking a leave of absence from the business for personal reasons". Williams also announced on Wednesday that they should have both cars ready for Melbourne .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top R. Kelly's alleged victim calls heated CBS interview an act
Mar 09, 2019 - 00:31
More portions of Kelly's emotional interview with King are scheduled to air as part of an hourlong special that begins at 7 p.m. Roberts, 58, was actually the one to interview Smollett days before police accused him of staging his alleged attack .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top An open letter to the Jonas Brothers: We really missed you
Mar 09, 2019 - 00:26
But the highlight for fans was always going to be the trio of brothers joined Corden for a new installment of " Carpool Karaoke ". During the episode , Jonas - along with brothers Kevin and Joe - were hooked up to a lie detector.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Starbucks rolls out new Cloud Macchiato beverage
Mar 08, 2019 - 00:30
A Grande serving of the caramel cloud macchiato has a approximately a third of the sugar of a Frap, clocking in at 27 grams . Of course the company couldn't leave it at that, as they replied with lyrics from Grande's song, "No Tears Left To Cry".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top LeBron James takes vet moves to a new level vs. Clippers
Mar 08, 2019 - 00:30
They are two of the NBA's most disappointing teams when you compare their record now to their preseason projections. The Lakers are highly unlikely to win the lottery, no matter what happens in the remainder of the season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China Trade Deal Takes Shape
Mar 07, 2019 - 00:45
That reflected a deterioration of more than US$100 billion from the figure that Trump inherited from President Barack Obama. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mourinho questions Solskjaer's long-term impact at Manchester United
Mar 05, 2019 - 00:43
Romelu Lukaku was the match-winner in both of those encounters, scoring four goals across the pair of fixtures. You feel a lot of emotions and I'm very happy and hopefully there will be many more to come".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NFL Draft Prospect Says Team Asked Whether He Has Both Testicles
Mar 05, 2019 - 00:30
It is not likely to happen, but that does not mean we can't talk about the performance Williams turned in on Sunday . Allen also registered a 118.0 inch broad jump , a 7.15 second cone drill and a 4.23 second shuttle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thunderbolt-based USB4: backward compatible, speed gains and more
Mar 05, 2019 - 00:27
Well, the future of the Universal Serial Bus, USB4, will not only work with USB 2.0 and 3.x devices, but Thunderbolt 3 too. USB4 promises to bring sense to what has become a nonsensical mess of specs, features, and connection types.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jon Jones faces Anthony Smith as favourite on UFC 235 odds
Mar 04, 2019 - 00:26
In the co-main event at UFC 235 , Tyron Woodley (-165) will make his fifth welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman (+135). Jon Jones once again demonstrated why he is considered the best UFC fighter of all-time as he imposed his will on Anthony Smith .

Janice Freeman Dead - 'The Voice' Star Dies at 33
Mar 04, 2019 - 00:25
According to TMZ , Freeman began experiencing trouble breathing while at home Saturday with her husband Dion . The performer made it to the top 11 on season 13 of The Voice under the mentorship of Miley Cyrus .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool, Spurs face crucial derby battles as title hots up
Mar 02, 2019 - 00:42
But there's also the Rome derby to look forward to as Lazio and Roma go head to head with both teams fighting for a top four spot. Mane's cheeky back-heel had the Liverpool star trending on social media, with fans in awe of his remarkably bold effort.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Opposition Demands Trudeau Resign After Explosive Testimony From Former Attorney General
Mar 01, 2019 - 00:24
He said jobs and the economy are key issues for his government and it's his job as prime minister to defend Canadian workers. Wilson-Raybould resigned from the Cabinet on February .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nolan Arenado Finalizing Eight-Year, $260M Extension With Rockies
Mar 01, 2019 - 00:19
I love our homegrown guys", Montfort said. "I love playing with this group". Only pitcher Zack Greinke makes more per season at $34.4 million annually.