'Empire' Actor Jussie Smolett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts by Grand Jury

March 8, 2019

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. Each charge carries a sentence that could range from probation to four years. The odds are he is unlikely to be convicted on all of the crimes, with the likelihood of reaching a plea bargain, resulting in one or two charges being plead guilty. Smollett’s next court date is scheduled for next week.