Authorities in Chicago on Wednesday approved felony criminal charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, hours after he was “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report” in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said.
The update in the case was provided by the department’s Chief of Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi on Twitter, who said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report” charges.
“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” he continued.
So far, Smollet has not surrendered, Chicago police told Fox News. His attorneys were made aware of the charges.