Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi confirmed in a tweet that, “Felony criminal charges have been approved by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”
Accordingly to Illinois Disorderly Statue, false reporting of violence, class 4 felony is punishable by a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years in jail.
Fox drama “Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, a 36-year old actor, reported that he was attacked by two unknown assailants last month for no apparent reason. This news quickly captured national attention because he told the police that while attacking him two masked men shouted "racial and homophobic slurs." Smollett described to the police that the attackers were punching him in the face, pouring a chemical on him and wrapping a rope around his neck, the USA Today reported.
Then victim of hate crimes, Smollett went to the hospital for treatments. However, during police investigations, police learned that Smollett orchestrated the attack on him by paying two Nigerian Brothers, Olabinjo Osundario and Abimbola Osundairo, CNN reported. He quickly became a suspect in this police investigation.
“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,” Chicago Police said.
Smollet”s Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson told Deadline on Thursday, “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.”