Actor Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

Jussie Smollett leaves George N Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago last month. A grand jury has indicted the

Jussie Smollett leaves George N Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago last month. A grand jury has indicted the "Empire" actor on 16 felony counts. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

A grand jury in Chicago has indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men in Chicago.

The Cook County grand jury indictment filed Thursday charges him with falsely reporting an offense — eight counts for what he told a police officer and eight more for what he told a detective.

In the indictment, the grand jury makes it clear that Smollett added details to his account of what happened Jan. 29 when he talked to the detective.

The actor, who is black and gay, gave a basic version to the police officer that included allegations that he was beaten by two masked men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him.

Smollett said he could see from the skin around one of the attacker’s eyes through the mask that he was white, according to the indictment. He also said that the attackers looped a rope around his neck.

Police say that in fact, the two men who have admitted taking part in the staged attack are both black.

Smollett has denied that he staged the attack.

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