FLASH: Jussie Smollett, 36 anni, was arrested early Thursday, 21 February, for filing a false police report after claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, our sources just confirmed.
Mr. Smollett is in the custody of detectives, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said
The Empire player was taken into custody a few hours after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring 1 to 3.5 years in state prison.
A charge of disorderly conduct has been approved against “Empire” gay activist black actor Jussie Smollett, according to an e-Mail from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Jussie Smollett’s siblings blame media Mr. Smollett’s career awaits outcome of his case
Filing a false police report is disorderly conduct, according to Illinois Criminal Code.
Disorderly conduct is a class 4 felony, the State’s Attorney Office says.
A bail hearing is scheduled for 1:30p CST Thursday.
Jussie Smollett faces prison, career ruin if he lied about attack. Grand Jury to hear testimony of the ‘2 Brothers’, they are standing by,
The Jussie Smollett, 36 anni, mystery moved into a Chicago courthouse Tuesday, as the 2 brothers who said the actor paid them to stage an attack on him were talking to prosecutors.
The brothers spent the afternoon at the Cook County courthouse, where a grand jury was deliberating. It is a possible sign of increasing legal peril for the openly gay black activists actor who says he was assaulted in the street weeks ago.
It was not immediately clear if they had actually testified yet, but they are expected to. That could lead to an indictment of 36-year old Smollett.
Police said the 2 brothers said during interrogation last week that Mr. Smollett paid for them to fake an attack. While initially the 2 were considered possible suspects, their cooperation has led the investigation in the direction of Mr. Smollett himself as the perp.
- Source: Brothers say Jussie Smollett paid them to participate in alleged attack.
Mr. Smollett said he was beaten in an unprovoked attack by 2 men yelling homophobic and racist slurs. He said they doused him with a chemical, draped a noose around his neck and yelled “this is MAGA country,” all as he was walking from a restaurant at 2:00a in 10 degree weather.
Mr. Smollett’s legal team said Tuesday, “we are not going to respond to every new, anonymous accusation or rumor. Jussie will continue to cooperate with the investigation in an appropriate and respectful manner.”
Federal investigators are also probing a threatening letter that was sent to the “Empire” set. The letter included homophobic language and contained a white powder, which was later determined to be a crushed painkiller tablet. Should that letter turn out to be fake, federal prosecutors could also pursue a mail fraud charge, legal experts say.