"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett surrendered to authorities early Thursday on a felony charge related to his report of a racially charged attack in Chicago, police said.

A Chicago police spokesman wrote in tweet that "Jussie Smollet [sic] is under arrest and in custody of detectives," while including a stock image of a man being led away in handcuffs.

"At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court," the spokesman added.


A felony warrant for Smollett's arrest was issued Wednesday after the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved a disorderly conduct charge against the actor for allegedly filing a false police report. 

He has said for weeks that he was attacked by two men who shouted pro-Trump and racist, homophobic messages at him during a late-night attack in a Chicago neighborhood.

Police now say that they believe Smollett knew the two men involved in the alleged attack, and that the actor staged it.

“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," attorneys for Smollett said in a statement late Wednesday after the charge was filed.

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

--This report was updated at 10:56 a.m.