'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16-count federal grand jury indictment

Jussie Smollett was released last week after posting $10,000 cash. He was ordered to surrender his passport.

Friday, March 8, 2019

CHICAGO, IL (WRDW/WAGT) -- A federal grand jury has indicted Empire actor Jussie Smollett on 16 counts, according to CBS Chicago.

“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time … there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,” according to the indictment.

The actor reportedly told police he was attacked by a pair of men who splashed him with bleach and put a noose around his neck.

Police now say the attack was a publicity stunt.