Smollett, who had felony criminal charges approved against him Wednesday, turned himself into police, authorities said.
Statement on #ChicagoPolice hate crime investigation. We are taking these allegations very seriously and encourage anyone with information to report anonymously to https://t.co/yYAqzcVIfu pic.twitter.com/DxipALHXaz
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 29, 2019
Smollett was charged just 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 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report” charges.
Smollett’s attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson told Fox News Wednesday, “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 defense.”In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday, 20th Century Fox Television, which produces “Empire,” and Fox Entertainment, said they had “no comment at this time.”
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