Jussie Smollet Faked Attack Because He Was Unhappy With His "Empire" Salary

22 February, 2019, 06:45 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Actor Jussie Smollett charged over alleged staged attack, turned himself in

Shannon Minter said hate crimes already are underreported, and anxious that the Smollett case would aggravate that problem.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated the attack with two men he knew - brothers Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo - because he was unhappy with his salary on Empire.

The 36-year-old actor was charged Wednesday.

"Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor", said Johnson, who is black and grew up in Chicago. "So, he concocted a story about being attacked". The scratches and bruising Smollett had on his face were "most likely self-inflicted", Johnson said. He faces a maximum of three years in prison, and is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking.

He was dressed in a black jacket with his hands clasped behind his back.

First, it gives prosecutors the option of charging or threatening to charge them with lying to a grand jury if it ever looks like they might try to recant their statements about Smollett. They also said they intend to conduct a thorough investigation and mount an aggressive defense.

Smollett claimed last month to have been assaulted by two men who beat him, threw a chemical that may have been bleach on him, and left a noose around his neck.

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"We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process". In public remarks, Harris has called lynching "an act of terror" and "a "summary execution", and she had similarly strong words in her initial tweet about Smollett's case".

His plans for the surveillance camera were thwarted.

Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference on Thursday, saying he paid the two brothers $3,500 to help him stage a bigoted attack against him early on January 29 in downtown Chicago.

The actor, who stars in United States hit show "Empire", was arrested and allegedly charged with lying to police in connection with the alleged incident on January 29. One of the two men had appeared with Smollett on "Empire", according to police and their lawyer. Prosecutors claim that Smollett bought "designer drugs", including ecstasy from Abel since the Spring of 2018.

"Nothing against morning shows, I love all of my colleagues there, I think they do a great job, but that's not where it is now", Lemon said. That cooperation is nearly certainly the main reason they haven't been charged. "There was a rush to find a story to attack half the country".

Smollett told police officers he was attacked by two unknown men wearing masks and red caps.

Smollett, who was given the presumption of being a victim until the latter stages of the investigation, is now the third person arrested in the case.

"My concern is that hate crimes will now be publicly met with a level of skepticism", the police chief told reporters, adding that the city had bigger problems.



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