(AllHipHop News) Empire star Jussie Smollett is currently in law enforcement custody, according to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The CPD Chief Communications Officer tweeted:
Press Briefing: Jussie [Smollett] 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.
After weeks of news reports about an alleged hate crime attack against Smollett, Cook County district attorneys are ready to prosecute the actor for allegedly lying about the assault. Ola and Abel Osundairo have claimed Smollett paid them to stage a fake "racist" and "homophobic" crime in order to gain national media attention.
Smollett is expected to be charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. A bond hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm CT in Cook County Criminal Court. The 36-year-old entertainer is facing 1-3 years in state prison if convicted.
"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett 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," read a statement from Smollett's lawyers.