Actor Jussie Smollett's out on $100,000 bail after police accuse him of false police report

Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 21, 2019

Cook County, Illinois officials announced on Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett was released on bail that was set at $100,000 after he was arrested early Thursday on felony charges of filling a false police report and disorderly conduct.

Smollett also must surrender his passport while he is out on bail.

Smollett left the Chicago courthouse around 4 p.m., surrounded by a mob of photographers and onlookers. A dark SUV led Smollett away from the jail, who will return to court to face trial.

Police accuse Smollett of paying a pair of brothers to stage an assault on him in Chicago.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday that Smollett wanted to use "the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

He allegedly paid a of brothers $3,500 to stage the attack on him.

Smollett went before a judge, but only spoke to confirm his name to the judge.