“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was arrested Thursday morning, according to a Chicago police department spokesperson.
At a press conference today, police chief Eddie Johnson said Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to attack him for the sole purpose of promoting his career.
Police announced Smollett will face a felony charge of disorderly conduct.
If found guilty of the felony charge, Smollett faces up to three years in prison.
Smollett’s attorneys say the actor denies playing a role in his attack and plans to mount an aggressive defense.
In a statement Thursday, 20th Century Fox Television said “We are considering our options when it comes to Smollett’s future with Empire.”