“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett could be sentenced to 3 years in jail for filing a false police report. This is according to latest reports by ABC News.
Jussie Smollett is being charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report after allegedly staging the attack against himself in Chicago, police and the state attorney’s office has confirmed to ABC News.
A charge of felony disorderly conduct is said to carry a penalty of about three years in jail, according to the criminal statutes.
The Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted an update on the ongoing investigation into what initially appeared to be a racially motivated attack on the famous actor, saying “Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,”
The actor is then expected to appear before a court hearing in a Cook County courtroom Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the officials have said.
Jussie Smollett, whose attorneys are yet to comment on the charge, could be in big trouble if found guilty as reports of the investigation have shown, contrary to his filed report, that he paid two brothers, who are currently cooperating fully with the police, to carry out the said attack on him. Smollett drew heavy attention in the wake of the reported attacks, with big Hollywood celebrities voicing their anger at President Trump and every whiteman in the United States. Some were so quick to call it a racist attack without any shreds of evidence whatsoever.
Now after weeks of investigation into Smollett’s claim of being attacked last month by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs while physically beating him and leaving him with a rope tied around his neck, the Chicago Police Department has on Wednesday afternoon officially classified Smollett as a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation for filing a false report. The time and resources that should have been channelled into real criminal cases were wasted on lies told by a celebrity that claims to be a victim.
The announcement, which was revealed in a tweet from the Chicago Police Department’s verified account, shows just another twist in this investigation.
The Chicago Police department also said that detectives are presenting evidence to a grand jury.
The video of the two brothers — who revealed that Smollett paid them to buy materials (masks and rope), and staged the attack, — purchasing the items has been obtained.
Sources close to the authorities confirmed that the Chicago police department remain anxious and willing to re-interview the actor himself.
“We are hopeful that we’ll have a chance to ask the questions that we have,” Guglielmi said.
“It doesn’t matter what the investigation shows,” Guglielmi said. “If you have information that’s helpful to law enforcement, it behooves you to contact authorities and share that information. We have been very diplomatic and have been working with him and his attorneys. We got information, and that’s what we want to run by him.”
If Smollett does not come in to speak with police, he said, “We’re going to go with other methods to create a culture of accountability.”
Jussie Smollett was loved by many and defended by all after the reports of the attacks first broke, even the President released a statement on it, asking the authorities to dig in and uncover all there is to know about the perpetrators so as to bring them to justice. Well, give it weeks later, and we are here. It appears the only one that needs bringing to justice is Jussie Smollett himself, who has lied to the police and almost ruined the lives of innocent Citizens of the United states. But that is not all, he has caused more division in the country by the report he gave. He made everyone believe that he was attacked because he was black and he was gay, but the truth was, he harbours hatred for straight white men and wanted to tarnish the image of anyone that disagrees with him.
This is where we are now in the United states, our cultural divide is beginning to tear down the morals and values that our forefathers fought so hard to build. Jussie Smollett should not be allowed to ruin this great nation, He deserves a jail term for this lies, and all those that believed him without evidence needs to come out and apologise to the nation.