Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing A False Police Report!

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing A False Police Report!

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing A False Police Report!

Jussie Smollett, a gay and black actor who stars in the Fox network drama "Empire", is facing felony criminal charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

Smollett told police that he was the victim of a hate crime on January 29.

The 36-year-old actor got emotional as Roberts asked, "At any point during the attack, did you fear for your life?"

Smollett has denied having any part in planning the altercation, and has implied that the sources are lying about the facts of the case.

"This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with this salary". As for the alleged attack, the actor instructed Abel Osundairo to "not hurt him too badly and give him a chance to appear to fight back", according to the filing.

A Class 4 felony is punishable with one to three years' imprisonment, the IL legislative code says.

In court, Smollett wore a black jacket and stared at the prosecutor as she detailed the allegations against him. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense", Smolett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, said in a statement to Deadline. Prosecutors claim Smollett told the two brothers to yell "MAGA country" and put a rope around his neck. It was initially reported that an unknown substance was poured over him, but Johnson on Thursday said that was unclear. On Thursday, he tweeted to Smollett: "What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and unsafe comments!? #MAGA", Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "The President of the United States is going to eat his lunch".

The attack reverberated well beyond Chicago and swiftly took on political overtones, with liberals calling it a shocking example of Trump-era hate.

Smollett has since been discharged from hospital and returned to the Empire set earlier this month.

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Jussie Smollett exits Cook County Department of Corrections after posting bail in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019.

Investigators combed through surveillance video from the area where Smollett claimed he was attacked but officials were unsuccessful in locating footage of the beating.

The FBI has been investigating the threatening letter.

The men claimed after they were arrested that the actor had paid them to stage the attack, which led police to switch gears in the investigation. One was his former personal trainer while the other was an extra on the show. "They get in a DUI, they call police and say, 'My vehicle was stolen.' Ninety percent of the time, even if they're charged with a felony, those people end up pleading to a misdemeanor". But "that particular camera wasn't pointed in that direction", Johnson said.

Smollett has been active in LBGTQ issues, and initial reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media.

Smollett's story has fallen apart in recent weeks. "You don't need immunity when you have the truth", she said.

On Tuesday, the siblings were about to testify before the panel when a last-minute Hail Mary call to the prosecution from Smollett's lawyers postponed their appearances, according to the local CBS News affiliate.

Smollett has a record - one that concerns giving false information to police when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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