The actor faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count, although he could be given probation.
The indictment, capping a five-month special prosecutor’s probe, accuses the US actor of making four separate false reports to Chicago police related to his account of being the victim of a violent hate crime.
Brothers Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo said in a joint statement that Smollett's legal team has spread false accusations that have hurt their reputations and undermined their career prospects.
The city of Chicago is saying the actor owes it over $130,000 for police costs incurred in the investigation of a hate crime that authorities allege was phony.
The City of Chicago has decided to sue Jussie Smollett after he refused to pay over $130,000, which authorities say is the cost of investigating a staged racist attack.
Prosecutors infuriated Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's police chief this week when they dropped 16 felony counts that accused Jussie Smollett of making a false police report about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack in January.
On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped all the criminal charges against Jussie Smollett, saying they stood by the accusation that the US actor had faked a hate crime.
US television actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men.
A grand jury in Chicago indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.
Actor Jussie Smollett was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten on the streets of Chicago by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, police said.
Chicago's ABC7 television reported that the 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show. Police say there is no evidence to back that claim.
Actor Jussie Smollett of the US television program "Empire" was hospitalised on Tuesday after two men tied a rope around his neck, police said.
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