Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett CHARGED with felony for filing false hate-crime report, now in custody: Cops

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A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department revealed on Wednesday that actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with a crime in connection with an alleged hate-crime attack he claimed took place last month.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Anthony Guglielmi issued a statement earlier in the day confirming that the “Empire” start was considered a suspect in filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony count. At that time, he said investigators were presenting evidence they had gathered in the case to a grand jury.

Guglielmi subsequently updated that statement, indicating that police will “make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” as reported by Variety.

Smollett had been at the center of speculation that he orchestrated an attack on January 29, which he reported to police as perpetrated by two men shouting racist and homophobic slurs.

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If convicted of the charge he is expected to face, the actor could spend up to three years behind bars but would also be eligible for a shorter or even probated sentence.

After initially backing Smollett in public statements, neither Fox and 20th Century Fox TV nor Smollett’s representatives immediately responded to the most recent developments.

[Featured image: Jussie Smollett, Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP]