Embattled actor, Jussie Smollett, turned in himself to Chicago police early Thursday morning after he was charged with filing a false report, claiming to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a tweet while confirming the new development.
The “Empire” actor was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he entered on January 29 according to the Cook County State’s Attorney office.
A Cook County State’s Attorney office spokeswoman also revealed that the actor and singer is due in court for a bond hearing today at 1:30 p.m. and faces probation or up to three years in the jail if convicted.
Smollett who is gay claimed he was attacked by two men wearing masks men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him. He also said his attackers poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.
His attorneys who have repeatedly denied that Smollett staged his attack said the actor “enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”
“Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense,” according to a statement from Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson.
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