“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate-crime attack in Chicago.
Smollett was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct after allegedly filing a false report he made with Chicago police on January 29. In the claim, Smollett stated he was attacked by two masked men who spewed homophobic and racist and slurs at him.
The 36-year-old actor, who is black and gay, also said his attackers put a noose around his neck and poured what he thought was bleach on him.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated that Smollett was placed in custody of detectives, who had previously spoken Smollett’s attorneys “to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.” He faces anywhere from probation or up to three years in prison if he is convicted.
The actor is due in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday.
The revelation of the charges on Wednesday night arose after Smollett’s legal team spoke with prosecutors that morning, per police.
On January 30, Chicago police released photos from a surveillance camera located close to where Smollett claimed he was assaulted showing two men who were said to be “potential persons of interest.”
The two men were taken into custody on February 13 and questioned. They were released after two days, on Friday, with no charges being pressed. Police said Ola and Abel Osundairo, who are brothers, were no longer suspects in the case and were cooperating in the investigation.