Actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about an assault that took place in Chicago in January, the Cook County state's attorney's office announced Wednesday night.
Earlier in the day, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that Smollett was being investigated for filing a false police report, which is a felony, and detectives were presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.
The Empire star said that on Jan. 29, he was attacked by two men, who put a rope around his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs. When police began their investigation, they said the incident could be a "possible hate crime." Two persons of interest were questioned last week and released without charges. Smollett has denied staging the attack.
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