‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is now classified as a “suspect” by the Chicago Police Department for allegedly “filing a false police report” regarding a potential hate-crime and violent attack.
“The update in the case was provided by the department’s Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi on Twitter. Detectives on the case were laying out evidence to a grand jury in Cook County,” reports Fox News.
The crime is listed as a class 4 felony.
“At first it was a thing of like, listen, if I tell the truth, then that’s it — cause it’s the truth,” said Smollett amid rumors surrounding the event. “Then it became a thing of like, oh, how can you doubt that? Like how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.”
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
Read the full report at Fox News.
GERALDO ON HANNITY: Jussie Smollett ‘PLAYED US’
Fox News’ commentator Geraldo Rivera stopped by ‘Hannity’ Tuesday night to weigh-in on the ongoing controversy surrounding actor Jussie Smollett; saying the ‘Empire’ star “played us” by potentially perpetrating a hate-crime hoax.
“This guy played us. Race and racism and politics are inexplicably interwoven… African-Americans tend to gravitate towards the Democratic Party in huge numbers. A charge like this is so incendiary because it justified and re-affirmed the stereotype that people had,” said Rivera.
“The whole scenario with the noose and the bleach and invoking the President’s name. It was so patently obvious… yet we bought this guy’s unbelievable tale,” he added.
Watch Geraldo on Hannity above.
BREAKING: Probe Finds ‘NO EVIDENCE’ Covington Students Made ‘Offensive or Racist Statements’
An official investigation by the Diocese of Covington found no proof the Covington Catholic high-school students instigated or escalated the confrontation caught on camera at the Lincoln Memorial last month.
“We found no evidence that the students performed a ‘Build the Wall’ chant,” writes the report -conducted by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc.
“We found no evidence of offensive or racist statements by students to Mr. Phillips or members of his group,” adds the findings.
Diocese investigation of Covington Catholic finds Kentucky students 'did not instigate' D.C. confrontation that went viral https://t.co/xvwdMBMwNr
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 13, 2019
The infamous footage went viral on social media on January 18th when video of the incident surfaced online.
The chaotic confrontation showed the group of high-school students, a Native American Tribal Leader, and a group of ‘Black Hebrew Israelites’ interacting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Read the full report here.