UPDATE: Chicago Police Detectives take #Empire actor #JussieSmollett into custody to face Class 4 Felony charge (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison) for Disorderly Conduct in Falsifying Police report.
According to CBS News Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar, Smollett "made arrangements to turn himself in" on Wednesday night, "away from cameras". A bond hearing for the Empire star has been set for 1:30 p.m. local time.
Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. He said he had gone out to buy food and was on the phone to his manager when the men punched him, poured a chemical substance over him and put a noose around his neck. But over the following weeks, the 36-year-old went from victim to suspect.
Smollett's attorneys responded with a statement: "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".
The actor was formally upgraded to person of interest in his own alleged attack when two men, who were questioned as the suspected attackers, agreed to cooperate with police. The police spokesman said the brothers appeared before the panel to "lock in their testimony".
But doubts about Smollett's claim started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked.
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Schmidt declined to give much detail about the evidence presented to grand jurors.
Last week, two brothers-Ola and Abel Osundairo-were arrested by Chicago police on suspicion of involvement. Commander Emanuel Gonzalez would say, if you see him shoot him on sight.
Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, issued a statement Saturday, describing their client as angry about allegations he orchestrated the attack.
One of the men had appeared in Empire, police said, and one of them was Smollett's personal trainer, who had helped the actor as he prepared to appear in a music video.
Smollett, who plays a gay character on the hit Fox television show, said he was attacked as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop.
Jussie Smollett has stood by his account and his attorneys released a public statement on Smollett's behalf. The letter, addressed to Smollett, includes the word "MAGA" on the outside of the envelope in place of the return address.