Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested in Chicago after he allegedly faked a racist attack and then lied to police about it.
Smollett has already vowed to fight charges of filing a fake police report, insisting the attack was genuine.
The 36-year-old claimed that two MAGA hat-wearing men attacked him as he walked home on January 29 while shouting racist and homophobic language.
He said the pair hit him, threw bleach in his face and placed a noose around his neck before running away.
Police have since arrested Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo for committing the crime, but believe they were paid to do so by Smollett in a bizarre bid to boost his fame.
Officers are also thought to be investigating whether a letter which Smollett received a week before the attack was also faked.
The note had MAGA written on the front and contained cut-out magazine words reading ‘you will die black f*g’ along with a hand-drawn image of a man with a gun to his head.
It also contained a white powder that turned out to be crushed aspirin.
Police sources believe Smollett staged the racist attack when the letter failed to garner enough attention.