"Empire" star Jussie Smollett has been arrested by Chicago police for allegedly falsifying a police report.
The actor turned himself into police custody and is awaiting a bond hearing.
This development in Smollett's saga comes after earlier news that he was considered a suspect for filing a false police report about an alleged attack against him a few weeks ago.
"Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in custody of detectives," Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted early on Thursday. "At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court."
The charge is a Class 4 felony, which carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
In a statement released Wednesday, Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson vowed to "mount an aggressive defense."
"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," Pugh and Henderson said.
On Jan. 29, Smollett — who is black and gay and portrays a gay character on "Empire" — told police he had suffered an attack by perpetrators who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck. He also told police that he had received a threatening letter at work the previous week.
Police began looking for suspects and said they were considering the incident as a possible hate crime. Smollett's family and friends expressed their outrage. "Empire" and Fox stood by the actor.
Then, rumors began circulating that Smollett himself was involved in the attack — which police, at first, denied. The actor maintained his account in the media, but after questioning two brothers taken into custody as persons of interest, the police shifted their focus to Smollett's involvement.
"Empire" and Fox has not commented on the newest development in Smollett's case. Filming continues on the final episodes of Season 5.