Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report.
It’s no longer news that The Empire star had said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January.Doubt then started flying around after the US media uncovered police believed that he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack.
His legal attorneys told the general public that they would “conduct a thorough investigation and mount an aggressive defence”
Recently, on Wednesday, a chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi said felony criminal charges for disorderly conduct had been approved against the actor. In his tweet, he said, “Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”
His lawyers, Victor Henderson and Todd Pugh , who are representing Jussie Smollett, said in a statement: “Like any other citizen, Mr Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”
THE Chicago police earlier released this CCTV image of two “SUSPECTS” in the case
In the early hours of Wednesday, CBS Chicago obtained a video clip which seems to show the two Nigerian brothers buying materials, including ski masks, that had allegedly been worn by the Jussie’s attackers.
The brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, fleed the US after the alleged attack and were apprehended on their return last week. They were later released and are said to be fully co-operating with the investigation.
No , here is an interesting fact : One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer and both have worked as extras on Empire.
Smollett’s side of the story
The famous actor, who is apologetically gay, said he had gone out to buy food late at night when two white men aimed racial and homophobic insults at him, punched him, spilled a chemical substance on him and put a rope around his neck.
“This is Maga country,” he says they told him, making reference to President Donald Trump’s ”Make America Great Again slogan”.
Jussie said he had been “forever changed” by the incident.