(AllHipHop News) Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 class four felony charges by a grand jury in relation to an alleged hate crime hoax.
Jussie was arrested last month on one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, claiming he had been attacked by racists outside his apartment in Chicago, Illinois on 29 January.
Now his legal problems have doubled with the indictments.
According to reports, a grand jury multiplied the amount of charges against Smollett on Thursday, increasing the total to 16.
The jury members reportedly tallied up the citations for each lie he allegedly told in the initial police report he submitted and the subsequent interview with cops about the attack, that law enforcement officers now insist was a hoax.
“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time… there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,” the latest indictment document eads.
Just one of the felony charges carries the a three-year sentence behind bars if Smollett is convicted, which means the 36 year old could potentially spend decades in jail.
Smollett is set to be arraigned on March 14.
Jussie told police two white men yelling homophobic and racist slurs assaulted him as he made on his way home from a sandwich shop in the middle of the night.
But law enforcement officials claim the star paid two Nigerian brothers he knew from his work on the "Empire" set $3,500 to attack him – allegations the actor has strenuously denied.