Jussie Smollett Arrested On Charge Of False Report

Jussie Smollett Arrested On Charge Of False Report

Jussie Smollett Arrested On Charge Of False Report

US actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested in Chicago after being charged with filing a false police report.

The Empire star had said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January.

Doubt was later cast on his account after US media reported that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack, report the BBC and CNN.

The 36-year-old actor is in custody of Chicago police, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says.

His lawyers said on Wednesday they would "conduct a thorough investigation and mount an aggressive defence."

On Wednesday, CBS Chicago obtained footage which appeared to show two people buying materials, including ski masks, that had allegedly been worn by the actor's attackers.

The men – Ola and Abel Osundairo – left the US after the alleged attack and were arrested on their return last week. They were later released and are said to be co-operating with the investigation.

One of the brothers is Smollett's personal trainer and both have worked as extras on Empire.

The "Empire" star was taken into custody around 5 a.m. CT, police said, ahead of a 1:30 p.m. bail hearing.

Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming he was attacked by two men, including one who was masked, in the early morning of January 29 in Chicago. He alleged they yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.

Image credit: AFP/BBC

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