It's Official: Actor Jussie Smollett Has Been Arrested, Charged

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has gone from fake victim to confirmed suspect in a time span of three weeks. And hours after he was indicted on a felony charge, he was arrested.


The NY Times reports:

Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who said he was the victim of a hate crime, was arrested on Thursday morning on charges of staging the assault he reported to Chicago police in January.

Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said early Thursday that Mr. Smollett was “in custody of detectives,” just hours after a grand jury heard evidence on Wednesday that Mr. Smollett falsely reported being attacked and local prosecutors charged him with a felony count of disorderly conduct. A representative for Mr. Smollett did not respond to a request for comment.


Filing a false police report in Illinois is technically referred to as disorderly conduct and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In Mr. Smollett’s case, he was charged with a felony count, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

There was no early morning CNN stakeout of Smollett’s residence, no dramatic video of events as they unfolded, and no perp walk. Smollett turned himself in to police early this morning:

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.

Smollett turned himself around 5 a.m. Thursday at the 1st District police station. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to hold a Thursday morning news conference to announce Smollett’s arrest. Smollett is scheduled to appear in bond court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.


The news conference is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. eastern time.

Stay tuned.

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