Jussie Smollett facing new charges over alleged fake attack

Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on charges alleging he made a series of false reports to the Chicago Police Department.

Officials claim he staged a hate-crime attack against himself to gain publicity, an allegation he previously denied.

The six-count indictment has been brought against the former Empire star by special prosecutor Dan Webb.


Last year, Smollett was accused of hiring two brothers to stage an attack on himself outside of his Chicago apartment.

Police leaders filed a 16-count felony indictment against him for filing a false police report, but the 37-year-old was released from custody in March and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against him.

Webb was appointed in August to re-examine the case against Smollett and determine why the charges were dropped.

Smollett is now due in court on 24 February, according to local news channel Fox32.

The scandal cost Smollett his role on TV show Empire.