Jussie Smollett Charged With Felony For Allegedly Filing Fake Police Report

Jussie’s scenes in Empire have reportedly been cut drastically

Chicago detectives suspect that Empire actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of an attack.

Chicago police say the charge of filing a false police report carries a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison. "Detectives are now presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury", the tweet states. He added that if the actor does not speak with police, CPD would come up with "other methods to create a culture of accountability".

On Monday, representatives for the "Empire" star said that he had "no plans" to meet with Chicago police for further questioning.

An attorney representing the Osundairos, one of whom has appeared in Empire as an extra, said last week that the brothers knew Smollett and were "horrified" to learn he was attacked.

Once rumors began swirling and law enforcement sources came forward with new information, the Chicago Police Department confirmed on February 16 that the trajectory of its investigation had "shifted" toward Smollett.

TV station CBS Chicago on Wednesday released a videotape it had obtained showing the two brothers buying a red hat and ski masks from a hardware store days before the alleged attack.

The statement continued, "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack". They even said they rehearsed it.

He told Chicago police that the men poured a bleach-like substance on him and tied a noose-like rope around his neck while shouting racist and homophobic slurs. An agent for Smollett also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A source told Metro.co.uk exclusively that Jussie's family pushed for his workload to be cut as they are concerned he returned to filming too soon after the attack.

"This is Maga country", he says they told him, referring to President Donald Trump's Make America Great Again slogan.

She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate.

According to records, he was also charged with false impersonation and driving without a license. In Smollett's case, "I can imagine that this would be easily into the hundreds of thousands of dollars".

The statement said one of the brothers was Smollett's personal trainer, and the Chicago Tribune - which is not naming the brothers - reported that Smollett follows their bodybuilding page on Instagram.

Chicago's top prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, recused herself from the investigation.

Foxx said the case would be handled to her first assistant, Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor.

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