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The State’s Attorney’s Office verified on March 8, 2019, a grand jury in Cook County indicted Jussie Smollet on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, which are Class 4 felonies.
Each charge carries a possible sentence of probation to up to four years in prison. ABC Eyewitness News experts think Smollet will strike a plea deal to avoid jail time.
According to the indictment, the counts against Smollett focus on false statements he made to police officers. Each count described different alleged acts that Smollett described dishonestly to the police.
The charges include the allegation he was attacked by two white men wearing ski masks, yelled homophobic and racial slurs, poured chemicals on him, and put a rope around his neck.
According to Irv Miller, CBS legal analyst, after the grand jury heard the evidence presented to them, they believed Smollett told several lies, and he would be charged for each.
Smollett was charged on Feb. 20 with disorderly conduct, which is a felony. Smollett was released on $10,000 bond. He had to surrender his passport. Smollet’s arraignment is on March 14.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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