Jussie could face 3 years in jail

A grand jury in Chicago indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conductfor allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a hate crime. He was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for the alleged false report he made on January 29th. 

Jussie and his attorneys have denied the allegations against him. Mark Geragos called the indictment “prosecutorial overkill,” and added, “This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie's privacy in tampering with his medical records.”

Jussie will be arraigned on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

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