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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – DECEMBER 02: Jussie Smollett attends the Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE LA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

A grand jury returned a whopping 16 counts againstĀ Empire star Jussie Smollett Friday, according to multiple reports.

Smollett, 36, had originally been charged with just one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report of an alleged attack on January 29. But on Friday, things went from bad to worse for the actor, who is now facing 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, ABC News reports. One set was related to what Smollett told police about the alleged attack, while a second set was in relation to his interview with police the following day.


Smollett claimed that he was attacked by two masked men in Chicago who yelled homophobic and racist slurs at the actor. But in a stunning turn of events, police said in a press conference last month that Smollett had paid two brothers to help him stage the attack. Police claimed Smollett’s motive was that he was unhappy with his salary on the FOX show, which is currently set to begin its 5th season.

Smollett has since been fired from the show. He was released on $100K bail and ordered to surrender his passport, according to reports.

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