The latest news about the Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor is that he has been arrested on Thursday morning on charges of staging the assault he reported to Chicago police in January

According to Silverbird Television news platform, ”News XTR” , Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said early Thursday that Mr. Smollett was “in custody of detectives,” just hours after a grand jury heard evidence on Wednesday.

Speaking further,  Mr. Smollett falsely reported being attacked and local prosecutors charged him with a felony count of disorderly conduct.

A representative for Mr. Smollett did not respond to a request for comment.

The Chicago Police Department was expected to discuss his arrest at a news conference scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Mr. Guglielmi said.

Mr. Smollett, who is black and gay, had told the police that, while walking in downtown Chicago, he had been confronted by masked men who hurled homophobic and racial slurs at him, and announced it was “MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.

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