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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report

Jussie Smollett.
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Jussie Smollett has officially been named a suspect in the criminal investigation into his attack, Chicago police have announced, and he was charged this evening with filing a false police report. The crime carries a felony charge, and if Smollett is found guilty he could face up to three years in prison. Shortly before the indictment was handed down, the lawyer for the brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo said her clients testified for more than two hours before a grand jury, and that they have received “no immunity and no plea deal,” because they have done nothing wrong. Anthony Guglielmi, the head of communications for the Chicago Police Department, said on Twitter that, “Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

The Empire actor had previously claimed that two men violently attacked him outside a Subway in Chicago in what he described as a racist and homophobic hate crime in late January. Smollett alleged that the two masked men tied a noose around his neck, beat him, poured bleach on him, and shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, yelling, “This is MAGA country!” Subsequent evidence, however, led investigators to “shift the trajectory” of the case and consider Smollett an “active participant” in his own attack, which Smollett’s attorneys have repeatedly denied. According to the Chicago PD, detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County grand jury, which could lead to Smollett’s indictment.


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