UPDATE: Jussie Smollett turned himself in to central booking Thursday morning, where he was arrested, the Associated Press reports. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has approved felony charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, per CNN. A bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.
UPDATE: According to multiple reports, actor-singer Jussie Smollett was charged by local prosecutors for filing a false report in relation to his alleged assault late last month. The actor is expected in bond court on Thursday, February 21. According to The Advocate, the actor faces one to three years if found guilty, as the charge is a Class 4 felony.
ORIGINAL: Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect in the police investigation into his alleged January attack.
In a statement on Twitter, Chicago Police Department chief communication officer Anthony Guglielmi stated that the actor has been named a suspect in a criminal investigation.
“Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” Guglielmi tweeted. “Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”
Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019
This latest news comes only one day after brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, two brothers allegedly involved in Smollett’s attack, met with prosecutors. The two men were also reportedly located in a ride-sharing car near the scene of the incident.
According to ABC13, Smollett’s attorneys are currently speaking with prosecutors. Guglielmi did not confirm reports that police have subpoenaed Smollett’s phone and bank records.
Smollett’s alleged attack happened in the early hours of Sunday, January 29. Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who yelled that this was “MAGA country,” subsequently beaten, and had a chemical substance poured on him. One of the brothers involved in the alleged attack knew Smollett from working as an extra on Empire, according to a Sunday CNN report. The report also claims that Chicago police had begun to investigate whether Smollett was involved in orchestrating the attack.
Smollett has faced myriad rumors that he was somehow involved with the attack and has denied each hoax claim that comes forward. 20th Century Fox has likewise stood by Smollett in a statement when rumors emerged that he was being written off Empire.