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.

Cutting off Pakistan's water will be biggest Indian mistake: FM Qureshi
It was the worst attack on Indian forces since the start of the Kashmir insurgency in 1989. The Indian finance ministry did not reply to a Reuters email seeking comments.

Snow, ice to make travel hazardous in Northern Virginia
Local public works officials have been pre-treating roads throughout the day Tuesday with salt and chemicals. He said crews have been on 12-hour shifts since last week, when Kansas City received several inches of snow.

Scrutiny, family woes pile pressure on pregnant Meghan
Over the past couple of months, the spotlight has been on the backlash against the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex. George Clooney's words were kind indeed.

"What about the tens of millions of MAGA people who insult America everyday with their support of your racist and risky comments!?"

"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.

Recommended:



Popular

After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May
According to the Wall Street Journal, Cohen will not discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. The attorneys also said Cohen anticipates being called before three congressional committee's before the end on the month.

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit
Huy said he was excited that Kim was coming to Hanoi and there might be a chance he could see him in person. Noi Bai airport authorities have said that they are all set to receive President Trump.

Rumor: Phillies split on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper?
For the sake of White Sox fans everywhere, let's hope Machado makes the right decision to become a member of the Sox. The belief is that it's the largest offer he has received to date.

Alabama Woman Says She Was ‘Brainwashed’ By ISIS, Wants To Come Home
In a recent interview with The Times newspaper, Begum said she had previously lost two babies to illness and malnutrition. ISIS' "justification was that it was retaliation, so I thought, OK, that is a fair justification", Begum told the BBC.

Vladimir Putin's nuclear warning over U.S. missiles
Intermediate-range weapons were seen as especially risky because they reach their targets much faster than long-range missiles. In his speech, he also touched upon issues like poverty reduction, infrastructure modernization and education.

India says Pakistan must take action against those behind Kashmir attack
On Sunday, police said Indian forces had detained 23 men suspected of links to the militants who carried out the Thursday bombing. Kashmir, a largely mountainous region located between India and Pakistan , has had a tumultuous history.

Lady Gaga and fiance Christian Carino no longer together
I sold 30 million and lost Luke. "This is the third time I've had my heart broken like this", the singer revealed in the film. Gaga was previously engaged to longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney , 37, before news of the pair's split broke in July 2016.

Police seek second site in deaths of 4 in western MI
When reporters asked if the incident was a murder-suicide, the sheriff said it is a possibility police are investigating. The sheriff said it is too early in the investigation to know whether a suspect remains at large.

Saudi Arabia Signs Multi-Billion Dollar Deals In Pakistan
According to official media, the crown prince will be received by Prime Minister Khan and members of his cabinet at the air base. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Crown Prince for his immediate consent to release 2107 prisoners from Saudi jails.

This Week in Westminster: more deadlock as Government faces another Brexit defeat
Commons Speaker John Bercow has selected three amendments for consideration as MPs debate the Government's latest Brexit motion . He said the ERG had not been prepared to be "co-opted" into ruling out a no-deal Brexit by voting for the Government motion.