Could Jussie Smollett do time after all? Yesterday the "Empire" actor was once again indicted for allegedly staging a hate-crime attack against himself, nearly a year after charges in the case were abruptly dropped.
The Cook County special prosecutor in Chicago revealed the former "Mighty Ducks" star has been hit with six new counts of disorderly conduct, accusing Smollett of lying to the Chicago Police Department about the January 2019 incident.
The 37-year-old actor, who is black and gay, told cops that he was jumped by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, in an attack that involved bleach and a noose. But huge holes appeared in his story and he was indicted only to have charges dropped with a slap on the wrist. This angered law enforcement in Chicago. For the fresh charges, the actor faces between one to three years in jail, a $25,000 fine and community service if convicted.
Smollett is already facing a $130,000 lawsuit from the Windy City over the cost to investigate his allegedly bogus charges. His arraignment is scheduled for February 24th.