Jussie Smollett Charged with Felony for Filing False Police Report

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Jussie Smollett is now “formally categorized” as a suspect in a prison investigation for allegedly submitting a false police report.

According to a tweet from Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, it is a Class four felony and detectives are at present presenting proof earlier than a Cook County grand jury.

If the 36-year-old “Empire” actor is charged, he might face one to 3 years in jail.

Smollett filed a report with the Chicago Police Department on Jan. 29 claiming that he was assaulted by two masked males. They hurled racist and homophobic slurs, poured an unknown chemical substance on him, and put a noose round his neck.

Two brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, have been questioned by police, claiming Smollett staged the “assault” and paid them $three,500. The males are cooperating with regulation enforcement and information present they bought the rope discovered round Smollett’s neck at a ironmongery shop in Chicago.

Smollett’s attorneys met with Cook County prosecutors on Wednesday, in response to Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern.

The actor, who performs Jamal Lyon on “Empire,” has denied allegations that he orchestrated the assault. “As a sufferer of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by latest studies that the perpetrators are people he’s accustomed to,” Smollett’s attorneys mentioned in a press release.

20th Century Fox Television, which produces “Empire,” has additionally denied studies that he’s being written off the sequence. “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate skilled on set and as now we have beforehand acknowledged, he isn’t being written out of the present,” mentioned Fox in a statement.

UPDATE: Jussie Smollett has formally been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly submitting a false police report. He faces as much as three years in jail.

“Felony prison expenses have been authorised by @CookCountySAO in opposition to Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report,” tweeted Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “Detectives will make contact along with his authorized staff to barter an affordable give up for his arrest.”

A Cook County Grand Jury indicted the “Empire” star late Wednesday after grand jurors heard testimonies and evaluated proof. The two brothers instructed jurors they staged the “assault” and have been paid for it.