The news cycle is off to a roaring start this morning as it is being reported that Jussie Smollett has been arrested as his false account of being attacked by two Trump supporters last month has now completely collapsed.
According to multiple reports, the star of Fox’s hip hop series “Empire” has been taken into custody by Chicago police after being charged with making a false report which is a felony that could not only derail the actor’s career but make him the poster boy for hate crime hoaxes.
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There was no need for multiple SWAT teams and heavily armed agents to execute a dramatic pre-dawn raid on his home while CNN’s cameras rolled because Smollett was allowed to turn himself in.
A Chicago PD spokesman announced the arrest with a statement posted on Twitter.
Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) 21 февраля 2019 г.
Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was arrested early Thursday by Chicago police and on charges of disorderly conduct over allegedly filing a false police report, Chicago police said Thursday.
In a tweet sent early Thursday morning, a Chicago police spokesman wrote that “Jussie Smollet [sic] is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” while including a stock image of a man being led away in handcuffs.
“At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court,” the message continued.
The charges come hours after it was announced that the city had obtained a felony warrant for Smollett’s arrest on a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly faking a report to police of a racially charged attack of which Smollett has maintained he was the victim.
The latest twist in this sordid saga comes the morning after a reporter for CBS’s Chicago affiliated obtained a bombshell video of the two Nigerian brothers who Smollett allegedly paid to assist him in staging the attack where they were purchasing the gear for the scam including red hats.
I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo’s buying supplies before «attack»
Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.
Countless phone calls placed for this.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) 20 февраля 2019 г.
This is a huge blow for Democrats like frontrunner Kamala Harris who called the “attack” a “lynching” and then exploited it to grandstand by sponsor an anti-lynching bill in Congress and who has yet to issue a retraction even as other Dems have done in this politically charged affair.
There will be a press briefing held by authorities later this morning.
This is a developing story…