Jussie Smollett is now facing some immense legal issues and possible jail time after a grand jury returned 16 felony counts against the actor for falsely reporting a hate crime attack against him in January.
“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time … there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,” according to the indictment.
The indictment expands the case against the actor. The counts focus on allegedly false statements he made to two different Chicago Police officers. Each count covers various alleged acts that Smollett falsely described to the officers–including that he was hit by two men, that they yelled racial and homophobic slurs and poured a chemical on him. Read more on this here.