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Jussie Smollett indicted again over alleged attack; attorney responds



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A grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing actor Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police, a special prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, charging the actor with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers “related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement.

Smollett’s arraignment is Feb. 24 in Chicago.

The charges stem from Smollett’s assertion that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January 2019.

Webb’s statement said he has concluded that further prosecution of Smollett is “in the interest of justice,” noting the State’s Attorney’s office found at the time of the indictment that the evidence against Smollett was “strong,” and that the office hasn’t identified any new evidence that would have changed their view. 



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