Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested in Chicago after being charged with filing a false police report.
“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” Chicago Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi announced 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 told police he was attacked by two men in the early hours of January 29 after they shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him. Smollett claimed the men beat him, poured bleach on him, and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing on foot.
The 36-year-old could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge. AP reports the actor may also have to pay for the cost of the investigation.
Chicago Police are expected to brief reporters before Smollett’s appearance in court on Thursday afternoon (Chicago time).
UPDATE: Chicago Police Detectives take #Empire actor #JussieSmollett into custody to face Class 4 Felony charge (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison) for Disorderly Conduct in Falsifying Police report. Bond Hearing scheduled for 1:30p in Cook County Criminal Court.#ChicagoPolice
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) February 21, 2019
According to AP, Smollett turned himself in to face the charge.