Posted on March 8, 2019


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***BREAKING*** Empire actor Jussie Smollett on Friday was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts in connection to an alleged hate crime staged against himself in January. Last month, Smollett was charged with a felony disorderly conduct allegedly filing a false report with police on January 29th, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Smollett, who plays a gay character on Empire, said he was attacked as he was walking home from a downtown Subway sandwich shop. He said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” before fleeing the scene. Police said Smollett planned the hoax because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where “Empire” is shot, police said. Smollett is earning more than $100,000 per episode, according to several reports. This story is developing. Check for more updates.

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