Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on Wednesday pledged to "mount an aggressive defense" after Smollett was charged with filing a false report and disorderly conduct. 

“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," the lawyers, Chicago-based attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, said in a statement.


"Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense," they added.

Chicago police earlier Wednesday announced the charges against Smollett, who previously told police that he was attacked last month by two people who allegedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, tied a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him.

Smollett had also alleged that the attackers shouted “this is MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump's campaign slogan.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday that police would work with Smollett's legal team to "negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."

"Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report," Guglielmi tweeted. "Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."