he had been attacked by two men in a racist and homophobic assault while returning home from a restaurant. He claimed to have been beaten and to have had a substance thrown on him.
Smollett also said the assailants spewed racist and homophobic slurs at him while tying a rope around his neck.Almost a month later, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx charged the actor with filing a false police report.
However, the charge was later dropped, and a judge assigned a special prosecutor, Dan Webb, to the case. After Webb’s investigation, he said that Smollett would be indicted again on six felony counts of disorderly conduct.
He also found that Foxx’s office had made false claims as to why it dropped the previous charge.Following his arrest and the investigations into the hoax, Empire producers wrote Smollett’s character out from the show..