JUSSIE Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report following his alleged racist attack.
The Empire actor had claimed he was the victim of a shocking assault in Chicago last month but doubt was cast over the situation when it emerged he knew two men investigated over the alleged attack, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, and now a Cook County Grand Jury have charged him with a felony offence that could see him spend up to three years behind bars if found guilty.
However, lawyers acting for the 36-year-old star have vowed to “mount an aggressive defence” against the charge.
Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in 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.
“Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defence.” – BANG!