In a bombshell development on Wednesday night, police charged “Empire” star Jussie Smollett with a felony for filing a false policed report, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Filing a false police report is a class 4 felony. Smollett is reportedly set to have his bail hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT on Thursday.
Some are wondering if he will appear.
“Chicago police say ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report when he reported that he was attacked by two masked men,” the Associated Press reported.
The report added: “Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved the felony charge on Wednesday afternoon. The charge is a Class 4 felony that carries a possible prison sentence of 1-3 years, but he could also receive probation.”
Earlier on Wednesday, police confirmed Smollett was officially a “suspect” in the case.
“Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury,” the police spokesman tweeted.
After media figures and celebrities rushed to support Smollett in the alleged hate crime, the actor’s story quickly fell apart.
Smollett did his best to portray his attackers as white Trump supporters, though it was later revealed that he allegedly paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack. The brothers were even caught on video purchasing ski masks and rope used in the fake attack.