Breaking: Grand jury charges Jussie Smollett with Sixteen felony counts of filing a false police report

Jussie Smollett has been hit with an additional 15 counts of filing a false police report by a grand jury.

The Empire actor was initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 86-page indictment that was returned on Thursday. 

Each new charge does not pose any additional prison time but carries a maximum probation sentence of four years.

Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of three years behind bars, 60 years probation and a $25,000 fine.

He is expected to cut a plea deal with authorities, according to experts cited by ABC.

Neither Smollett's legal team nor Cook County prosecutors have commented on the new indictment which was first reported by CWB.
Nigerian brothers, Ola (right) and Abel Osundairo (left) told police Smollett paid them to attack him
The first applies to the comments he made to the cop who first responded to his apartment when his friend called 911 on January 29.

The second set applies to the detective who interviewed him later that day.

He has not been charged for allegedly sending himself a threatening letter days before the attack, as police have alleged.

Smollett is accused of hiring brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to beat him up outside his apartment on January 29 in what he later described to police as a racist and homophobic attack.

Fox has said it is 'considering its options' in light of Smollett's arrest. He will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire that are to be shown later this year.

The actor's lawyers say he has been the victim of police and prosecutorial misconduct.

They say his  presumption of innocence was 'trampled' and that the entire investigation into the attack has been flawed. 

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