Update: Jussie Smollett has been arrested by Chicago police. Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi made the announcement on Twitter:
Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
Smollett turned himself in and was charged with Class 4 felony for falsifying a police report, according to the Associated Press.
During a press conference Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that Smollett “paid $3,500 to stage this attack” and that “The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary.”
JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett "paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary." https://t.co/5AiMcfe6iH pic.twitter.com/0za7CEbVtv
— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
Things seem to be getting worse for Smollet by the minute: according to Variety, producers on Empire are considering suspending him from the show.
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Chicago police have announced that Empire star Jussie Smollet is a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report. Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi made the announcement on Twitter:
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
Jussie Smollett claimed that he was attacked, on January 29th, at 2 am, by two men wearing Make America Great Again hats. He said they yelled a gay slur at him, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. Now, police believe Smollet orchestrated the attack.
Smollett could face up to three years in prison if charged and convicted of the Class 4 felony.
Before the announcement was made, CBS released footage showing Ola and Abel Osundairo the two men linked to the attack, red hats and ski masks right before the assault. The brothers allegedly testified that Smollet set up the attack. They were supposed to testify in front of a grand jury yesterday but it was postponed.