"Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report", Chicago P.D. Chief Communications Officer Guglielmi wrote on Twitter Thursday.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the news on Wednesday after Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives.
A Class 4 felony is punishable with one to three years' imprisonment, the IL legislative code says. They released images of two people they said they wanted to question and last week picked up the pair at O'Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria.
Fox has not commented on the latest developments, but did issue a statement earlier in the day Wednesday standing by Smollett. "It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie's complicity".
Weisberg recently represented a client who was charged with making a false report after surveillance video discredited her account of being robbed by three men at O'Hare Airport.
Smollett alleged that two white men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck while screaming, "This is MAGA country!" "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying", the actor's attorney said in a statement on Sunday. They were later released and are said to be co-operating with the investigation.
Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on "Empire".
Jussie Smollett states that he is innocent of the allegations and charges and was the victim of a hate crime. The Post adds that Smollett could turn himself in on Wednesday night.
Investigators are also looking into whether or not Smollett had any part in the creation of a threatening letter that was sent to the "Empire" set one week before the alleged assault.
At the time, his attorneys denied that the attack was a hoax.
But Smollett's story appeared to unravel, and has since become a cautionary tale in an era where incomplete information is quickly spread via social media. But as details continued to emerge and CPD continued their investigation, the story became too insane to be believed, even by Empire standards.