Jussie Smollett has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false report about it, according to CNN.
Chicago police took the “Empire” star into custody around 5 a.m. CST, ahead of a 1:30 p.m. bail hearing. He’s facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report when he claimed he was attacked by two men on January 29.
Under Illinois law, filing a false police report is punishable by one to three years in jail.
Police say Smollett paid the two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, $3,500 by check to stage the attack. The brothers purchased the noose and the hat and masks. They wore gloves during the attack, and they did punch the actor, but the scratches and bruises on Jussi’s face were most likely self-inflicted. Police have a copy of the check that was used to pay the men.
As for his motive? Chicago’s top cop, Eddie Johnson, says Jussie faked the attack because he was “dissatisfied” with his salary on Empire. Jussie also crafted the threatening letter that was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago.
SMH. Good luck with this one, Jussie. You’re on your own now!