The BL News-Jussie Smollett turns himself in to face charges of filing a false police report
Jussie Smollett turns himself in to face charges of filing a false police report
An attorney representing the brothers at the center of an investigation into the attack reported by Jussie Smollett said Wednesday that her clients "manned up" and testified in front of a grand jury, before prosecutors charged the "Empire" actor with filing a false police report.
Gloria Schmidt spoke to reporters outside a Chicago courthouse where the brothers met with the grand jury, which was collecting evidence in the case. Without providing details, she said the two men accepted money from Smollett and wanted to come clean. She said they weren't motivated by any promises from prosecutors.
Smollett, told police that two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him before beating him up and throwing some kind of chemical on him on the morning of Jan. 29. He also said his attackers shouted, "This is MAGA country," a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," and looped a rope around his neck.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office charged the 36-year-old Smollett on Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
And Breaking now, Chicago police spokesman tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to hold a morning news conference and Smollett is expected to appear in court later in the day.
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