On January 29th, Jussie Smollett, an actor most widely known for his role in ‘Empire,’ reported an attack. According to Smollett, two masked men have attacked him while he was walking down the street, not far from his condo in the Streeterville neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The attack happened at the 300th block of East North Water Street, according to the actor’s statement to the police. After several weeks of investigation, Chicago Police has officially released a statement at 7:00PM CST today, confirming Smollett has been charged with Class 4 felony for staging up the attack. According to Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police, detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury Wednesday.
“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,” Guglielmi stated.
In the police report Smollett stated that two masked men shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, threw some sort of chemical liquid into his face, and tied a rope around his neck. In the above surveillance video obtained by the media, two initial suspects in the case are seen buying the items that were used in the attack later that evening. During questioning of the two brothers seen on the video, Ola and Abel Osundairo, and further investigation, the police has determined that the attack was staged by Smollett. The Osundairo brothers appeared as extras in ‘Empire,’ they and Smollett knew each other before the attack.
If convicted of Class 4 felony, Smollett may face a prison sentence of up to 3 years and fines of up to $25,000. He is due in bond court at 1:30PM CST tomorrow, however, the question remains – will he appear?