US actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested in Chicago after being charged with filing a false police report.
The Empire star had said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January.
Doubt was later cast on his account after US media reported that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack.
The 36-year-old actor is in custody of Chicago police, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says.
His lawyers said on Wednesday they would "conduct a thorough investigation and mount an aggressive defence".
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:35:00 AM