Chicago police charge Jussie Smollett with felony

The "Empire" actor is being accused of fabricating the attack he reported to police. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.
2:08 | 02/21/19

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We begin with Chicago police overnight waiting for actor just a small act to surrender the star of the TV show empires now charged with a felony. Accused of making up a story about being attacked on the street the actor told police that two men report a chemical on him. While yelling racial and homophobic slurs but now police say those two men are cooperating. And claiming that small let orchestrated the whole attack. This morning Jesse small lead is accused of fabricating. A racist and homophobic attack he said he suffered. He said this bag a country. Punches me right in the face applies to Iraq I noticed the rope around my neck and I started screaming. And I think there's a and go around my neck. The announcement comes as new surveillance video emerges showing two Brothers at the center of the investigation. Biting the Red Hat in ski masks items used in the alleged attack. Police say the man who sat for hours in front of her grand jury told them they were paid by smell let to stage and participate in the alleged attack. Their lawyer now urging small like to come forward Ike. Think that says he's confident this probably not letting me be brave enough I think he should unload that content. And just come I tell the American people it actually happened when. Mullet has insisted he was the victim how do you not believe that it's true. The FBI is also investigating if small at sent this threatening letter to himself. A week before the alleged attack. Overnight his legal team released a statement saying miss your smile let enjoys a presumption of innocence particularly. When there has been an investigation like this what were information both true and false has been repeatedly leaked we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense. Police overnight said they don't know where small lead is writing in a statement that they know this can be difficult emotionally. And we hope he doesn't do anything terrible he. He will get through this. Let's mullah is due in court this afternoon for a bond hearing if convicted he could face three years in prison. Bright magazine reports the producers on solid show are now considering whether to suspend him.

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