Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested early Thursday morning after turning himself into Chicago police to face charges of filing a false police report.
The “Empire” star was taken into custody around 5 a.m. CT, police said, ahead of a 1:30 p.m. bail hearing. Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming he was attacked by two men, including one who was masked, in the early morning of January 29 in Chicago. He alleged they yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.
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.”