Jussie Smollett has been officially charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in connection to the alleged staged attack on him in Chicago last month.
The charge is a Class 4 Felony and if convicted, the actor could face probation or up to 3 years in jail.
According to a Chicago Police Department spokesperson, detectives will reach out to Jussie’s legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.
Jussie is expected to appear in bond court on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
His legal team released the following statement after he was charged:
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.
Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.
Brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, testified before a grand jury for 2.5 hours on Wednesday before Jussie Smollett was charged.
Their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said she does not expect them to be charged “because they are not guilty of anything.”
Her clients were caught on surveillance video purchasing red hats and ski masks the day before the alleged attack.
Meanwhile…back on the set of “Empire,” Deadline is reporting producers are contemplating suspending Jussie from the show or placing him on some type of leave.
20th Century Fox released a statement saying they have no plans of writing him off the show, contrary to rumors that claim all of this foolishness was set in motion because Jussie thought his role was in jeopardy.
“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show.” – STATEMENT FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION AND FOX ENTERTAINMENT
— 20th Century Fox TV (@20centuryfoxTV) February 20, 2019
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