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Empire actor Jussie Smollett under arrest for alleged false police report

Empire actor Jussie Smollett under arrest for alleged false police report

Jussie Smollett

Empire actor Jussie Smollett was officially arrested and charged for allegedly filing a false police report (21 February).

The gay actor, 36, was arrested in Chicago after Cook County prosecutors approved disorderly conduct charges on allegations he staged a hate crime against himself.

Since the news, Fox is considering removing Smollett from Empire, Variety said.

He claimed he was subjected to homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January.

Early reports indicated men in MAGA hats attacked Smollett and put a noose around his neck.

But Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed the arrest this morning on Twitter.

Smollett ‘is under arrest and in custody of detectives,’ Guglielmi’s tweet read.

His bail hearing is scheduled for 1.30pm today, prosecutors have said.

Smollett turned himself in

According to the Associated Press, Smollett turned himself in earlier today.

If found guilty, he could face up to  three years in prison and may force the actor to pay for the costs of the investigation.

What did Smollett say happened?

The actor said he had gone out to buy food late at night when two white men hurled racial and homophobic insults at him.

They punched him, poured a chemical substance over him and put a noose around his neck.

Smollett later said he was ‘forever changed’ by the incident.

However, doubts were raised on the claims.

Smollett, his lawyers, his employer, Fox, and Chicago police initially defended the actor against reports he had orchestrated the attack.

But on Wednesday, Chicago police said they were officially investigating Smollett for filing a false police report.

Two brothers at the heart of the case, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who were initially suspects but were then found to know Smollett personally, appeared as witnesses to the grand jury.

See also:

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