Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’

Jussie Smollet’s mugshot

Jussie Smollet’s mugshot

I don’t believe anything that comes out of Jussie’s mouth. This alleged reason is ludicrous.

In a scathing rebuke, Chicago Police officials asserted Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett set up a hate crime hoax on Jan. 29 because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox series “Empire.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson presided over a press conference Thursday morning after Smollett turned himself in to police to face a charge of filing a false police report. Johnson told reporters he was angered by what he described as Smollett’s “smear” of the city where “Empire” is filmed by claiming he was the victim of a vicious hate crime spurred by racism and homophobia.

Johnson called Smollett’s actions “shameful” and accused him of hurting the entire city with a stunt planned for his own self-interest. He also criticized the actor for forcing the city to spend time and resources on an investigation when Smollett knew there was no crime. Smollett is to be formally charged and face a bond hearing today at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Smollett has maintained his innocence, vehemently denying that he had any connection with the attack. Police made it clear on Thursday that they have no doubt that he orchestrated the incident. Representatives for Smollett could not be reached for comment.

Read more at Variety




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