Jussie Smollett charged with filing false police report

Actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of an attack by white men who poured chemicals on him and uttered racial and homophobic slurs. After weeks of rumors and leaks from the investigation—and the arrests of two men who didn't fit the description— Smollett himself is now being charged with filing a false police report: sources reportedly say he paid the men. With a check.

Jussie Smollett was taken into police custody hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly filing a false police report about an assault on him last month in Chicago, authorities announced early Thursday morning.

“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

The authorities did not provide any additional details about Smollett’s arrest, but Gugliemi had said Wednesday, after Smollett was charged by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, that police would “make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

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