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Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly making false reports

Chicago (CNN)"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who authorities say filed false reports of a crime, has been indicted on 16 felony counts by a Cook County grand jury. The indictment charges Smollett, 36, with 16 counts of disorderly conduct. Mark Geragos, one of Smollett's attorneys and a CNN legal analyst, said the actor maintains his innocence and called the indictment "prosecutorial overkill.""This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines," Geragos said.He remains out on bail pending an arraignment Thursday.Smollett reported to police in January that he had been attacked in Chicago in an incident that ended with a noose around his neck. Police initially investigated the case as a possibl ...