In an extreme turn for the worst for ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett Wednesday, Chicago police are now charging the actor for filing a false hate crime last month.
As more evidence regarding Smollett’s hate crime comes out, there is now a tenable case against him that he purposely filed a false police report, a class four felony, according to the Chicago Police Department.
“Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO 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.”
Smollet’s lawyers quickly released a statement stating, “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.”
The men who Smollett said committed the hate crime against him have been completely cooperative with Chicago police, saying that Smollett hired them to carry out the deed and thus began a media narrative that has criticized Trump supporters in general for this type of behavior. Smollett has denied their claims and instead has accused them of lying.
It still remains unknown who sent the letter to Smollett, which featured explicit language and pictures in it. However, there are rumors that Smollett may have sent the letter to himself.
Smollet has reportedly been notified of his court date, and if he does not appear, there will be an official warrant for his arrest. Illinois statutes define reporting false police reports as disorderly conduct, which is a class 4 felony that carries a 1-3 year prison sentence and possibly a fine of up to $25,000.