It’s no scene for a TV show, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is being charged for filing a false police report over claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault. A Cook County grand jury has indicted him on the felony charge after detectives presented their evidence.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says detectives expect "to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest" It’s unclear if that’s happened, but Smollett is due in court this afternoon. If convicted, Smollett faces up to three years in prison as well as fines.
Not surprisingly, Smollett’s legal team says they’re ready for war. “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”
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