UPDATE: Empire star Jussie Smollett has been indicted for filing a false police report in connection to the alleged assault last month.
Cook County State’s Attorney’s office confirmed felony charges following a day hearings in front of a Grand Jury where evidence was presented by Chicago police.
Smollett faces a Class 4 felony and possibly 1 to 3 three years if found guilty.
Empire star Jussie Smollett has officially become a suspect for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony).
Detectives will be presenting evidence to a grand jury.
The Chicago Police Department tweeted out the news this afternoon:
Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019
The case began last month when Smollett claimed he’d been attacked by two men in MAGA hats who beat him, poured bleach on his head and put a noose around his neck.
Since the original reports, aspects of his story seem to be crumbling.
According to several outlets, Smollett was allegedly not happy that a threatening racist letter didn’t get a bigger reaction from his network. That was, reportedly, the impetus for a faked attack.
Which brings us to today.
If Smollett did make this story up, he harms every future victim who will perhaps not be believed.