Jussie Smollett Taken Into Custody Over Assault Claims
UPDATE: Jussie Smollett has been taken into custody by Chicago Police detectives who are expected to charge the 'Empire' actor with filing a false police report.
Earlier, police said they would be seeking to press felony criminal charges relating to claims he was assaulted on a Chicago street.
The Empire actor is accused of filing a false police report, which police say is a Class 4 felony, stemming from an alleged attack in downtown Chicago in late January.
He claimed that two masked men had attacked him in the early hours of January 29, uttering racial and homophobic slurs, putting a rope around his neck, and said "this is MAGA country" -- a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.
On Thursday, Chicago police confirmed the actor would be charged with making a false claim.
"Felony criminal charges have been approved by Cook County [state attorney's office]against Jussie Smollett for disorderly conduct/filing a false police report," Chicago police communications officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
"Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."
Just hours earlier, police had confirmed Smollett was officially a suspect in their investigation into the alleged incident.
Smollett had told policeby two masked men when he was returning home from a Subway sandwich store January 29 around 2am.
A source close to the investigation told CBS News on February 16 two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, revealed to detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the attack.
They said the rope that was found around Smollett's neck was purchased at a nearby hardware store. A raid of their home turned up ropes, masks and bleach.
Chicago police said that information had "shifted the trajectory of the investigation," and prompted another interview with Smollett.
The actor's attorneys said he was "angered and devastated" by reports that he knew the alleged attackers, and that one of the men was Smollett's personal trainer. Ola Osundairo had played a prisoner in a season of "Empire."
CBS Chicago obtained exclusive video of the Osundairo brothers buying a red hat and ski masks from a store the day before the Jan. 29 assault.
The station said footage shows Ola and Abel placing the masks and a hat on the counter. Smollett has claimed two men wearing a similar hat and masks in the attack. CBS Chicagohas made multiple phone calls and visited several stores to obtain the video.
More to come.