Local news ABC 7 in Chicago reports that 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett has officially been charged with a single count of felony disorderly conduct for his role in the fake hate crime in which he claimed to have been attacked by racists. He was charged with the crime because he allegedly filed a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office.
Smollett has to report to court in Chicago on Thursday, February 21, at 1:30 p.m. ABC 7's report stated that "Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said CPD detectives will make contact with Smollett's legal team to "negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."
Filing a false police report is not a violent crime, so Smollett is not required to be in police custody. ABC News reports that Guglielmi said the police aren't sure where Smollett is, nor have his lawyers provided his location at the time.
Guglielmi almost sounded like he was taking Smollett's side when he was quoted saying this to ABC News:
I know this can be difficult emotionally, and we hope he doesn't do anything terrible. We want to make this as diplomatic as possible. In the end, this is only a class 4 felony. He will get through this and we want to make it as easy as possible for him to do it. But again, it is about accountability.
You're darn right! He should be held 100% accountable for lying to the entire country about this and causing people to hate each other. This is not who America is. Smollett now represents the worst part of us. By telling a lie and trying to divide people, he has become the enemy of all of us.
No one should fake a hate crime for any reason.
The guy probably makes tons of money for his role in 'Empire' and he could have used his presence and celebrity status for good reasons, not to get himself charged with a felony for trying to make Trump supporters look bad.
Jussie Smollett has a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I cannot believe someone allegedly went out of their way to create a fake hate crime and even had the gaul to file the police report.
Keep your eyes peeled for an update on the Jussie Smollett case.
Should Jussie Smollett go to jail?
Tell me in the comments!!