Jussie Smollett Arrested
Jussie Smollett arrested for allegedly filing a false hate crime report.
Jussie Smollett was reportedly unsatisfied with his salary on “Empire” and paid $3,500 to stage the attack on himself, according to police superintendent Eddie Johnson.
He added that Smollett send a “false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language.”
hicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Jussie Smollett ” took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
“Bogus police reports cause real harm,” he said.
Here’s how he introduced the case at today’s press briefing:
“This announcement today recognizes that empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking why.”
Johnson said Smollett was treated “as a victim” until evidence pointed in a different direction.
“Why would anyone — especially an African-American man — use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?” – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Jussie Smollett https://t.co/7iwGkj3BIz pic.twitter.com/vlvGxTGWd4
— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2019