Just hours after being named a suspect in the investigation of his own alleged attack (as we reported here), officials in Chicago are moving forward with charges against Jussie Smollett.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday.
“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.
Police said earlier that they were presenting evidence to a grand jury. Smollett could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, though he could also be sentenced to probation.
The state’s attorney’s office approved disorderly conduct charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, said spokesman Robert Foley. The charge is a Class 4 felony. Smollett is expected to appear in bond court Thursday, Foley said.
As has been widely reported, the charges stem from information gleaned from the arrest of two Nigerian brothers who were once believed to be the perpetrators of the attack. Once they were interrogated then released without charges (as we reported here), the investigation turned to Smollett as officials have reason to believe he orchestrated his own assault.