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Actor Jussie Smollett facing new criminal charges stemming from 2019 incident

Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 11, 2020

Actor Jussie Smollett, the former star of the Fox TV show "Empire," was indicted on Tuesday after prosecutors investigated claims that the 37-year-old faked being the victim of a hate crime in January 2019, ABC News reported.

Smollett's charges were filed by special prosecutor Dan Webb, who was appointed to the case after Smollett originally had his charges dropped by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office .

The prosecutor's announcement of dropping the charges last year drew ire from Chicago Police and outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Smollett allegedly filled a false police report, when he told officers that two attackers shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him.

Two men were originally arrested for the alleged attack, but were later cleared of charges after police claimed that Smollett paid the men to stage the attack.