Empire actor Jussie Smollett has officially been arrested and charged with "giving a false police report". To get an idea of how the authorities in Chicago are treating this, under Illinois law they had the discretion to charge Smollett with a misdemeanor, instead – after a thorough and close to the chest investigation – the actor is being charged with a Class 4 felony. If convicted, he will serve 1-3 years in prison on this charge alone.

The Chicago Police pulled no punches in their narrative of what Jussie Smollett is charged with. According to the police, Smollett set up the Jan. 29 attack by paying two Nigerian brothers – with a personal check – to actually carry it out (who have since been determined to be dealers of designer drugs – particularly molly – to Smollett in addition to his trainers; one was also an extra on Empire), because he was dissatisfied with his salary on Empire. Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Thursday he was "angered" by Smollett's "smear" of the city where Empire is filmed. He also rebuked the actor for wasting the city's time and money.

Smollett also faces potential federal charges if it is found the racist, threatening letter he received was also sent by him containing a then unknown white powder. That powder has since been determined to be crushed ibuprofen tablets. The feds are doing further analysis on the letter now. If convicted of mail fraud, he could face an additional 10 years. It has also been alleged Smollett wanted a "bigger reaction" from the letter.

Smollett's status on Empire is unknown as of this writing, although Deadline is reporting well-placed sources at Fox are saying his episodes have been cut. TNT, however, has pulled an episode of Drop the Mic that he was featured in.

Some have claimed he could plausibly plead mental illness ("factitious disorder" which is related to Munchhausen) to the charges. The Cut – however – did a very interesting interview with a psychologist who studies this phenomenon. He says it is mental illness when only emotional factors can be pointed to as the cause of the fakery. When external factors can be pointed to (like money) it is just straight "malingering". Smollett's attorneys have promised a "aggressive defense" to the charges.

Smollett's bail has been set at $100,000 after a hearing today in Chicago. He must also surrender his passport Stay with us for more as this is a developing story.