Empire Actor, Jussie Smollett Charged With Felony For Filing False Police Report




Empire Actor, Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report when he reported to police that he was a victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago last month. 

Police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi said the police has charged the actor with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could carry one to three years in prison and force the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of the beating. 

Smollett's lawyers have said the actor will fight back and conduct their own investigation. 

A statement signed by Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, who are representing Smollett, said: “Like any other citizen, Mr Smollett 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,” 

On January 29, Smollett alleged that two masked men attacked and abused him with racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and then poured an unknown substance on him. 

Police are now saying he colluded with the two men, presumed to brothers, and in light of further evidence, now see the actor as a suspect in the case. The brothers testified before a grand jury, according to the police. 

Chicago police picked up the two brothers at Chicago’s O’Hare airport as they returned from Nigeria and questioned them about the attack. They also searched the apartment where the men live where the found the rope used in the attack. Video evidence also showed the brothers buying the rope at a store in Chicago. 

It was the information received from the men that changed the trajectory of the investigation.