As you all know, a grand jury issued a felony indictment against Smollett yesterday for both disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.
According to police, he’s now been arrested and is in custody:
Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
Here’s more from CBS Chicago, noting that Smollett turned himself in:
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning, hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month in Streeterville.
Smollett turned himself in at the Central District police station at 18th and State streets around 5 a.m., police said. He made no statement to police.
Police transferred Smollett from police lockup to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse later Thursday morning. Smollett was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of disorderly conduct.
Jussie Smollett’s made arrangements to turn himself in last night (away from cameras)
Now being processed. Fingers prints, mug shot..
He will be transported to court.
“He has made no statement to police.”-CPD spox @cbschicago
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 21, 2019
Disorderly conduct is a Class 4 Felony. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says Smollett could face probation to up to 1.5 years in prison.
I seriously hope he gets more than just probation. He needs to spend at least some time in jail for doing this.
As you can see above, there will be a press briefing at 10AM ET by the Superintendent of Police. We’ll do our best to bring you that live or right after it occurs.