BREAKING: Jussie Smollett indicted for ‘hoax’ hate crime

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has reportedly been indicted by a special prosecutor in connection to an alleged hoax hate crime in January 2019.

Citing an unidentified source, Fox 32 reports that special prosecutor Dan Webb indicted Smollett on Tuesday. The details of the indictment are not yet known.Smollett had been accused of hiring two men to stage a purported hate crime against him in late January of last year. In February 2019, he was charged with filing a false police report, but a month later, the charges were abruptly dropped.

Smollett’s attorneys have not yet commented on the purported indictment. The actor is due in court on February 24, according to Fox 32.

This is a developing story.

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