"Jussie [Smollett] is under arrest and in custody of detectives", CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi announced Thursday morning, adding that a press briefing is expected shortly ahead of Smollett's court appearance.
Under Illinois law, filing a false police report is disorderly conduct and punishable by one to three years.
On February 20, 2019, a grand jury issued an indictment for Empire actor Jussie Smollett after allegations stated he masterminded a hate crime that caused a whirlwind of media news coverage.
"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with", the weekend statement read.
In a statement, Smollett's lawyers said: "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked".
There had been skepticism over his account, but Smollett has maintained he had nothing to do with the alleged attack.
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A little over two hours later, 16 members of the grand jury were escorted out of the area and into a pair of elevators while reporters were kept at bay.
But a number of U.S. media reports claimed that Smollett may have staged that attack by paying two Nigerian brothers, who had both worked as extras on Empire.
Police arrested brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo in relation to the alleged assault last week, but the pair were released without charges, according to CBS Chicago. They were later released and are said to be co-operating with the investigation.
Charlie de Mar of CBS affiliate WBBM told ET on Tuesday that per his sources, the brothers told detectives that they rehearsed the attack with Smollett a few days before the incident.
The brothers agreed to cooperate after police threatened to charge them with battery, according to Chicago's FOX 32.
Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show hate crimes rose 17 per cent in the United States in 2017, especially against African-American and Jewish populations.
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Video footage from a Chicago hardware store shows the two brothers connected to Jussie Smollett's alleged attack buying a red hat and ski masks. "Nothing is further from the truth".