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It’s official: Chicago Police have confirmed word of Jussie Smollett charged with felony disorderly content for allegedly filing a false police report. The Empire actor and singer reported on Jan. 29 that he was attacked by two masked men, who uttered racist and homophobic epithets at him.
Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi just minutes ago confirmed that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge against Smollett.
As a Class 4 felony, it comes with a possible prison sentence of one to three years. It’s more likely the actor would be placed on probation.
News of Jussie Smollett charged with this felony follows two men who allegedly took part in the scheme testifying before a grand jury.
Smollett’s alleged hate crime took place around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Chicago, where the actor-singer lives while filming Empire. According to Smollett, two men wearing ski masks approached him, placed a noose around his neck, doused him in bleach and shouted “This is MAGA country.”
The actor-singer stood by his story when he sat down for an interview with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, offering up all the details of a racist, homophobic attack against him and remarking, “I just want them to find them” about the Chicago Police locating the attackers.
With only one heavily circulated image of the two alleged attackers available to police (above), things began to seem “fishy” last week when the two men in the photo were indeed found, questioned and later arrested — “fishy” because the two men are brothers of Nigerian descent, not Trump supporters and are acquaintances of Jussie Smollett, with at least one of them having appeared as an extra on Empire.