Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

Jussie Smollett (mug shot via CPD)

Early this morning, Empire star Jussie Smollett turned himself in to Chicago Police where he was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a police report.

If found guilty, the class 4 felony carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

At a press conference this morning, Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson was direct in denouncing Smollett’s actions.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson told reporters. “Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?”

“I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention, because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention that we’re giving to this particular incident.”

Johnson added, “Smollett took advantage of the pain of racism to further his career…This publicity stunt was a scar the City of Chicago didn’t deserve.”

“First Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial homophobic and political language,” said the police chief. “When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack… The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary so he concocted a story about being attacked.”

Here’s just part of the press conference this morning.

And, of course, here’s the haters right on cue: