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Jussie Smollett

Source: Xilla Valentine / GlobalGrind

UPDATE: 2/21/19 at 10:36AM EST: Jussie Smollett’s mug shot has been released and police say wounds from his “attack” were most likely “self-inflicted.” The Chicago Police Department held a press conference where they stated that Smollett staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning. He was arrested for filing a false police report.

Smollett told police that he was attacked by two men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him. The men also allegedly put a noose around his neck.

Smollett has gone from accuser to arrested in less than three weeks time. The felony charge against him could put Smollett in jail for 1 to 3 years. He will be in court later today.

Jussie’s attorneys said in a statement that their client “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.”

Related: FOX Says Jussie Smollett Is Not Being Written Out of ‘Empire’

Related: Chicago PD Charge Jussie Smollett With Felony Disorderly Conduct

 

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