"Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)", spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.
Chicago police released a statement on Twitter on Thursday, announcing that Smollett was under arrest and in custody of detectives. If that turns out to be a hoax too, Smollett will face federal charges that could add another five years in prison. It could also force the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a January 29 beating as he walked home from a sandwich shop.
A CNN report cited prosecutors as saying that a bail hearing was expected for 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Fox repeatedly denied that claim and, in its most recent statement on the situation released earlier Wednesday, vocally supported Smollett. "Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives", he wrote.
Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama Empire, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police that two apparent supporters of US President Donald Trump had struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.
Whispers about Smollett's potential role in the attack started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police and word that detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the attack. She previously wrote that she hoped Smollett "knows how many people are thinking of him and committed to holding this administration and its ilk accountable for this hothouse of hate being fostered".
They were promised an additional $500 upon their return to the United States, sources told CBS Chicago.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that changed the course of the investigation. The hat was bought at a beauty supply store. He said at least one assailant told him "this is MAGA country" during the alleged attack. The officials added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are still investigating that allegation but have not confirmed that it happened. "Detectives are now presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury".
PHOTO: Jussie Smollett attends an "Empire" event in Los Angeles, May 20, 2016. Commander Emanuel Gonzalez would say, if you see him shoot him on sight.
Smollett´s attorneys promised to conduct their own investigation and mount "an aggressive defense". They earned every bit of criticism for doing the same thing with the Covington Catholic High School kids for the same goal - to pounce, if you will, all over conservatives, pro-lifers, and anyone who might have a little sympathy for Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., deleted a tweet that referred to the alleged attack as "an affront to our humanity".