Jussie Smollett was arrested early Thursday morning after turning himself in to Chicago police to face charges of filing a false police report.
“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” a rep for the Chicago PD tweeted.
Another rep added, “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.”
Police are expected to update the press at 9:00 AM local time.
Wednesday night, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
Jussie Smollett’s legal team released a statement after the charges were announced, saying, “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. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”
CBS reporter Charlie De Mar obtained the video of the Osundairo brothers purchasing gloves, ski masks, at a Chicago beauty store.
I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"
Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.
Countless phone calls placed for this.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
The brothers reportedly told police Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to purchase the supplies and take part in a staged attack. The Osundairos also allegedly purchased a rope from a nearby hardware store a few days earlier.
Those items were later seized by police during a raid on the brothers’ home, along with a script for “Empire.”
Fox and “Empire” previously said they were sticking by Smollett in the wake of the controversy, claiming his character on the hit show is not in jeopardy, and that there are no plans to write him out of the series.
After the charges were announced, Fox declined to comment.
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