The second set of charges is related to the second interview Smollett did with cops about the alleged attack later that day.
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The Cook County State's Attorney's Office previously charged him with one count of disorderly conduct on February 20, ABC7 noted - he pleaded not guilty.
"We intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defence". The actor will be arraigned Friday, March 14, to formally hear the charges and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Smollett, who is black and gay, said the men shouted racist and homophobic slurs while punching him, kicking him and putting a noose around his neck. Smollett has denied playing a role in the attack.
The multiple counts highlight different aspects of Smollett's allegedly phony story, including claims that his attackers beat him, poured a chemical substance on him and put a rope around his neck. Each one of the charges carries a maximum count of four years in prison, meaning he could face 64 years in total.