Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a Grand Jury on 16 charges of false report of offense/disorderly conduct.
When Jussie Smollett was originally charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct a grand jury had been convened. In particular, they heard from the police and Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. The two brothers who were allegedly hired to stage the fake attack. However, at that time the grand jury was not responsible for his charge and arrest.
On Thursday March 7, 2019 the grand jury returned a true bill indicting Jussie Smollett on sixteen counts of felony disorderly conduct. Specifically, the class four felonies were listed on the indictment as “false report of offense.”
The indictment states “Jussie Smollett knew that at the time there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed.”
Jussie Smollett was indicted on eight counts of false report of offense based on his statement to the initial officer he contacted. An additional eight indictments were issued by the grand jury yesterday. The additional charges were based on his second interview with the Chicago Police Department.
The indictment states that Jussie Smollett falsely described an attack to two officers. Specifically, that he was hit by two men, that they yelled racial and homophobic slurs, put a noose around his neck and poured a chemical on him.
This all sounds very dramatic. But it really doesn’t change anything. Jussie Smollet was already charged in this case. He won’t be rearrested. The sentence he is looking at for the Chicago charges won’t change. He can receive anything between probation and fines to three years in prison. Any sentence he gets will not be multiplied by sixteen.
Jussie Smollett was already set to be arraigned on March 14. At that time he will enter a plea on all sixteen charges (most likely not guilty) and the case will be set for trial.