Actor Jussie Smollett is facing new charges stemming from a January 2019 police report where he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. Smollett was indicted on six new disorderly conduct charges on Tuesday according to the office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb.
The Empire actor is already facing a $130,000 lawsuit with the city of Chicago, which is the alleged estimated cost of the resources used to investigate Smollett’s false charge.
The office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb released a statement:
“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.”