Jussie Smollett arrested after 'falsely claiming he was victim of hate crime'

Jussie Smollett arrested after 'falsely claiming he was victim of hate crime'

"Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest", he continued.

Earlier this afternoon, CBS Chicago obtained exclusive video of two men linked to the attack on Smollett buying a red hat and ski masks from a store the day before the assault. A conviction for a class 4 felony in IL carries a 1-3 year prison sentence and can include fines up to $25,000, according to the state's general assembly.

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including giving them specific slurs to yell, telling them to shout "MAGA country" and pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating, a prosecutor said Thursday.

But a number of USA media reports claimed that Smollett may have staged that attack by paying two Nigerian brothers, who had both worked as extras on Empire.

However, numerous local media outlets began reporting over the past week that investigators had doubts about the actor's claims, particularly after the two men - brothers who were known to Smollett - were released without charge.

The actor denies playing a role in his attack, according to his attorneys.

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Earlier Wednesday, Fox, the network behind "Empire", said it was standing by him. It is reported that they were paid $3,500 via check, before the attack for "training". Although police did not elaborate on what crime was potentially committed, they said the individuals were not charged. "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying". De Mar said he spoke with Abel and Ola on Monday, and they told him they would never commit a hate crime, insisting, "We are not racist". According to a production source, as of Wednesday night there were no plans to change the show's shooting schedule.

Empire is scheduled to return with new episodes starting Wednesday, March 13, on Fox.

Seven days before the alleged attack, a letter containing white powder was sent to the Chicago set of "Empire", police have said.

Smollett said the attackers put a noose around his neck and poured what he believed to be bleach over him.

Since news of the possible staging of the attack surfaced, police have uncovered other claims about Smollett that threaten his credibility.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" last week, Smollett said he was angry that some people questioned his story, and he suggested the disbelief might come from racial bias. But as details continued to emerge and CPD continued their investigation, the story became too insane to be believed, even by Empire standards.

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