Jussie Smollett Arrested by Chicago Police and Faces a Felony Charge

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SmollettA little over three weeks after actor Jussie Smollett reported he was the target of a hate crime, he was arrested by Chicago police on Feb. 21, 2019 at 5 a.m CT. Police say his bail hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, which is considered a felony. The actor claimed two white men who were wearing ski masks attacked him at 2 a.m. CT on Jan. 29 in Chicago. Smollett alleged the attackers yelled homophobic and racist slurs at him, beat him, tied a noose around his neck, and poured an unknown chemical on him.

Police said that the attack against Smollett who is black and gay was being investigated as a hate crime.

During the investigation, as the police gathered evidence, Smollett who was initially viewed as a victim became the suspect.

On Feb. 20, Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police Department spokesperson tweeted on Twitter that the Cook County State Attorney’s Office agreed to charge Smollet with the felony charge. Illinois law says filing a false police report falls under disorderly conduct, a class four felony and the sentence could be one to three years in prison.

Smollett‘s attorney’s released a statement 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.

Written by Barbara Sobel

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The Washington Post: ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett arrested on felony charge over false police report, authorities say

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