Empire star Jussie Smollett taken into custody over false police report

Empire star Jussie Smollett taken into custody over false police report

US actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police say.

Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama Empire, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of US President Donald Trump had struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early on Thursday.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson will hold a morning news conference and Smollett is expected to appear in court later on Thursday.

The 36-year-old actor was charged on Wednesday.

The charge could bring up to three years in prison.

It could also force the actor, who’s black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report.

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