Jussie Smollett Arrested for Allegedly Filing False Police Report

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What initially was reported as a brutal attack on actor Jussie Smollett, is now considered completely staged following a rigorous investigation by Chicago police.

Police began to investigate and determined there were two persons of interests caught on security camera footage from the night of the attack that they were interested in speaking with.

Smollett had felony criminal charges approved against him Wednesday - and turned himself into police, authorities said. He even conducted a television interview with CBS to explain the circumstances of the incident.

The investigation took a turn last week after police arrested two Nigerian-descent brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who admitted to helping stage the attack. The Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Eddie Johnson, said in a February 21 press conference, "First, [Jussie] attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial and political language".

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They are now considered witnesses in the attack and testified for a grand jury before Smollett's arrest, police said.

On Wednesday, they had said they were conducting a thorough investigation to form an aggressive defense.

Smollett has helped to "drag Chicago's reputation", Johnson said.

The 36-year-old star had claimed he was the victim of a shocking assault in Chicago in January, but doubt was cast over the attack and he has now been charged. Johnson explained that after the letter -which contained racist and homophobic threats, as well as a white powder that was later determined to be aspirin - didn't get the attention Smollett was seeking, he chose to stage an attack.

He claimed the two suspects beat him, poured chemicals on him and tied a rope around his neck while hurling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

He will appear before a judge for a bond hearing later on Thursday. When I said a couple of weeks ago that scammers are having a moment, I was not anticipating that Jussie Smollett would be included on that list. "Why would anyone especially an African-American man use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations", Johnson said.

Johnson shamed Smollett for exploiting racism, homophobia, and manipulating the painful symbol of a noose to further his career and public profile. Smollett has been charged with making a false report, a felony in IL.

Smollett faces up to three years in prison. Smollett came out as gay in 2015.

"My concern is that hate crimes will now publicly be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn't happen", he said.