Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts after being accused of staging racist attack on himself

Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts after being accused of staging racist attack on himself

According to Chicago Police, Smollett paid $3,500 to a pair of Nigerian brothers – Abel Osundairo and Ola Osundairo – who had previously appeared as extras on Empire to carry out the fake attack.

Friday’s indictment expands the case against the actor and focus on false statements he allegedly made to two different Chicago Police officers. Each count relates to separate acts he falsely described to the officers, including being beaten by two men, that they yelled racial and homophobic slurs and poured a chemical on him.

Smollett, who has denied the charges, is scheduled to appear in court on March 14.

Lawyers for the actor have previously said: “Like any other citizen Mr Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.

“We intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defence.”

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