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Empire actor, Jussie Smollet arrested over ‘false’ homophobic attack

Empire actor, Jussie Smollett, has been arrested and is now in police custody.

This was confirmed by the Chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, on his official Twitter page.

The police spokesman wrote: “Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in custody of detectives.

“We are trying to be diplomatic and reasonable, and we’re hoping he does the same.”

Meanwhile, the actor’s bail hearing will take place later today.

Smollet is facing a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report where he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two Nigerian men shouting racist and homophobic slurs.

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However, his attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, in a statement, said the actor has the right to be seen as innocent until proven guilty.

The statement read: “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.”