- “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested on charges of filing a false police report and felony disorderly conduct.
- He turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday.
- The police department released his mug shot.
The Chicago Police Department released the mug shot for actor Jussie Smollett Thursday.
The 36-year-old “Empire” star is in custody after turning himself in over charges of filing a false police report. He was charged with making a false report and felony disorderly conduct.
In a briefing Thursday, police spokesman Tom Ahern said that Smollett could face up to three years in prison.
Smollett reported that two men attacked him and shouted homophobic and racist slurs in Chicago in January. He also said he received an anonymous letter a few days before the alleged attack that read, “You will die black f-g.” The letter listed “MAGA” as a return address.
In February, two brothers were arrested in connection with the attack. Both brothers were also connected to Smollett and “Empire.”
They have since been released, and police say they are no longer suspects.
Smollett addressed scepticism surrounding the case during an emotional appearance on “Good Morning America.”
“It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth,” he said. “You don’t even want to see the truth.”
As police investigated the alleged attack, multiple reports said the case may have been staged and alleged that the actor was being written out of “Empire.” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement to INSIDER that he was not.
During the briefing on Thursday, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department called Smollett’s report a “publicity stunt.”