AGAIN: Jussie Smollett Charged With Faking Hate Crime

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Actor Jussie Smollett is facing new criminal charges nearly a year after Cook County prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct counts against him for allegedly orchestrating a racist, homophobic attack on himself early last year.

Smollett was indicted by a special Cook County grand jury on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making four separate false reports regarding what police said was a faked attack.

Smollett is expected back in Cook County court Feb. 24, records show. The actor must start the process all over again: A judge will be assigned, Smollett will be arraigned, and his attorneys will battle the same kind of charges he faced a year ago — this time, before a different set of prosecutors.