Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with filing a false police report weeks after he said he was the victim of a hate crime, according to Chicago police.
The Empire actor turned himself in Thursday morning and has a bond hearing later Thursday, per CNN. He faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report last month.
Police said Thursday that Smollett sent himself a racist and homophobic letter and that the actor was dissatisfied with his salary, according to the Associated Press.
Smollett, who is Black and openly gay, claimed that two men attacked him in the early hours on Jan. 29 in Chicago after he went to get a late-night meal. He said they hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, placed a noose around his neck and poured a chemical on him, which was speculated to be bleach.
Police investigated the alleged attack as a hate crime, but sources have come forward alleging that the actor manufactured the attack.
Smollett’s attorneys denied any involvement by the actor in the attack, in a statement to EBONY.
“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,” according to the statement.
Police initially arrested Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, two brothers, when they came back from
According to sources, the brothers said they worked with the actor to help set up the attack and were paid $3,500. Surveillance video from a beauty supply store shows the two men purchasing ski mask, sunglasses and a red hat.
Smollett initially told the police that at least one of the men had his face covered and yelled out “MAGA country!” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan that was used primarily during the 2016 presidential election.
Last week, an emotional Smollett was on Good Morning America and said he feared his attackers would never be found.
“I was talking to a friend and I said, ‘I just want them to find them.’ And she said, ‘Sweetie, they’re not going to find them,’” he told Robin Roberts. “That just made me so angry. So I’m just going to be left here like this? I’m just going to be left here? They get to go free, go about their
According to TMZ, Smollett will remain in custody pending his bond hearing.