American actor and singer, popularly known for his roles in TV series ‘Empire’, Jussie Smollett, has reportedly been indicted by a special prosecutor in Illinois on six counts of lying to police.
The Empire actor said he was the subject of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago last year. Authorities have accused him of staging the attack on himself for publicity, something he has always denied.
Smollett now faces six counts of disorderly conduct, according to special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement.
In January last year, Chicago police said they were investigating a suspected racist and homophobic attack on Smollett by two masked men. They said the actor was punched in the face, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck.
The actor was charged with “making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” Mr Webb said.
He is due in court on 24 February.