Chicago Police has said “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged attack because he is dissatisfied with his salary. Recall Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct, an email from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office states. According to Illinois code, filing a false police report is disorderly conduct, which is a class 4 felony. A bail hearing for Smollett is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday. In a tweet from Chicago police spokesman Officer Anthony Guglielmio. On Wednesday, Smollett was “officially classified” a suspect in a criminal investigation for allegedly filing a false police report.
An openly gay African-American, Smollett had told the police that, while walking in downtown Chicago, he had been confronted by two brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who hurled homophobic and racial slurs at him, and announced it was “MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan. The Osundairo brothers were brought in as witnesses to the grand jury Wednesday evening with their lawyer.
In Illinois, filing a false police report is technically referred to as disorderly conduct and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. With Mr. Smollett’s case, the police said the grand jury had decided on a felony count, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Smollett’s lawyers, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, have said their client denies the police account. In a statement released on Saturday, they said, “Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”