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Grand jury hands down a devastating decision on Jussie Smollett 'attack'

These charges are extensive and the possible punishment is enormous

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In a devastating development to Jussie Smollett's account of an alleged racist attack, a grand jury indicted him of 16 counts on Friday in relation to his report to law enforcement.

ABC-7 in Chicago reported the indictments from court records and confirmed the report with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Smollett had been charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct in February after Chicago police said they had evidence that he had filed a false police report.

The grand jury indicted him with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

He faces probation and up to four years in jail for each count.

Smollett initially claimed that he had been attacked by two masked men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, doused him with a chemical, and stuck a noose on his neck.

However the investigation turned against him when police interviewed two men who had been caught on surveillance video and they accused Smollett of orchestrating the fake attack in order to garner sympathy for the "Empire" actor.

Smollett has continued to assert that he was attacked, despite the new allegations.

Here's the latest development in the Smollett hoax:

Jussie Smollett indicted by grand jury

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