Empire star Jussie Smollett surrendered to Chicago and faced a criminal offense charged with hooliganism / filing a fake police report in connection with his alleged assault last month. news via Twitter on Thursday. The press conference is expected to be held at 9 am at the Chicago Parliamentary headquarters, where Chief Inspector Eddie Johnson and district intelligence commander Edward Vodnycki will inform journalists about the investigation until Smollett is brought to trial
On Wednesday, the Chicago Police announced that the actor is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal case for making false a police report that is a 4th Grade crime. Cook's grand jury has since returned the indictment, and before Smollett will now be able to complete a maximum of three years in jail if he is found guilty. At the time of the announcement, the Chicago authorities were reported to have contacted Smollett's legal group to "discuss a reasonable surrender for his arrest."
Smollett's lawyers responded with the statement: "Like any other Citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, especially when it comes to a similar investigation, where information, both true and false, has repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and aggressive defense. "
Smollett was allegedly the victim of a Chicago assault last month when two men allegedly approached the actor / singer and began to throw racists homophobic crimes against him. According to the preliminary account, two men beat Smolletta, poured on him a chemical substance (believed to be a bleach agent) and hooked the loop to the neck before escaping from the scene. Smollett also informed the police that during the attack, the attackers "cried out pro-Great America" [MAGA].
Later, the events questioned Smollett's account, including questioning two suspects – a pair of Nigerian brothers, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a Smollett music video – which was later released without any charges. Smollett's lawyers insisted that the actor did not play any role in his attack, and was followed by producers of the empire denying notice that his role on the show diminished in light of the dispute: "Jussie Smollett continues to be an unrivaled professional. on the shooting, and, as we already said, he will not be released from the show. "