A grand jury In Illinois has indicted “Empire” actor on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
Smollett’s attorney however issued a new statement few hours after the grand jury’s indictments , vehemently maintaining the actor’s innocence and accusing law enforcement of leaking details of the probe.
The grand jury came out with two separate sets of charges.
The first set is related to what Smollett told the police, including stating that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some c
The second sets are related to the interview between him and the police.
Police officers have come out to condemn the shameful act and calling it a disgrace to the people of California.
Smollett however has pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge. He was ordered to surrender his passport and taken into custody, after which he posted $100,000 bond to be freed.