By Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Jussie Smollett has officially been charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced.
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, FOX News reports.
Guglielmi said CPD detectives will make contact with Smollett’s legal team to “negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”
Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest. pic.twitter.com/LvBSYE2kVj
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
Smollett is due in court in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, ABC 7 Chicago reports.
Smollett is not in custody at this time.
Guglielmi said CPD detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury Wednesday. The grand jury returned an indictment shortly before 7 p.m.
Smollett, who is openly gay and black, reported that on Jan. 29, he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. He claimed that the men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him, poured a substance on him, threw a rope around his neck and shouted, “This is MAGA country!”
The whole thing was a fabricated lie.
More charges will likely follow as Federal charges could (and should) be filed by the FBI for the fake hate letter he claimed he received.
More from TMZ:
We’re told Ola and Abel Osundairo — the 2 brothers — told Grand Jurors they staged the so-called “attack” at Jussie’s behest and even got paid for it. The brothers were caught on camera buying a bunch of supplies before the incident … including ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses and red hats.
I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"
Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.
Countless phone calls placed for this.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
Although police officially called Jussie a “victim” until recently, multiple law enforcement sources have told us the police had real doubts about Jussie’s story early on. They found it weird he kept the rope around his neck for 42 minutes after the “attack,” and were suspicious when he took them to the scene and immediately pointed to a camera which he said captured the incident. Turns out, the camera was pointed in the wrong direction.
Abel and Ola told police they drove with Jussie in the days prior to the incident scouting a location and even rehearsed the “attack.”
Law enforcement believes Jussie timed the “attack” for January 29 because he knew the Osundairo brothers were leaving for Nigeria that day.
As for the hate mail sent to Jussie at Fox Studios in Chicago … our sources say the FBI questioned Ola and Abel and are checking to see if the postal stamp on the letter matches stamps police seized at the brothers’ home … or if the ripped out magazine pages found at their pad match the cut-out letters used in the racist and homophobic letter.
Amid questions about the alleged attack, Smollett said earlier this month that he was angry and “pissed off” about “attacks” he’s received from people that didn’t believe or didn’t care, about his allegations.
His comments came during an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”
“At first it was a thing of like, listen, if I tell the truth, then that’s it — cause it’s the truth,” he said. “Then it became a thing of like, oh, how can you doubt that? Like how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.”
We knew it all along.