Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago

What You Need to Know: Jussie Smollett Case

CHICAGO — Chicago special prosecutor Dan Webb has indicted Jussie Smollett.

Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, Webb said in a statement. The Cook County Clerk’s Office confirmed to WLS-TV that the indictment was connected to the alleged attack that took place in early 2019.

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Smollett is due in court Feb. 24. No warrant was issued, according to WGN-TV.

Smollett was arrested last year after authorities said he faked a racist, homophobic attack against himself in downtown Chicago in late January. Prosecutors abruptly dropped the case against the “Empire” actor in a widely criticized move that took police by surprise.

The actor had told officers he was confronted in the predawn hours Jan. 29 by a pair of men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, hit him in the face, poured an unknown substance on him and wrapped a rope around his neck.

Smollett has denied faking the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)