“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been officially charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about an attack .
He said the attack occurred as he walked to his apartment building in Streeterville last month.
The Chicago Tribune reports that, the charge, a felony, was announced by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office Wednesday evening, hours after police called Smollett “a suspect in a criminal investigation … for filing a false police report.”
While initially investigating the attack as a hate crime, Chicago police recently said they were looking into whether Smollett paid two brothers he knew to stage the attack on Jan. 29.
The brothers appeared before a grand jury earlier Wednesday and testified that Smollett had given them money, according to their attorney Gloria Schmidt.