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Jussie Smollett was charged by Chicago police on a class 4 felony for filing a false police report, and turned himself in early this morning.
In a press briefing, Chicago Police Chief Eddie T. Johnson, revealed that the Empire actor paid $3,500 to stage the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”. He said that Smollett tried to get attention by sending a fake racist letter to his work place at first, but when that didn’t work he paid to stage an attack and “drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process.” Johnson continued to call the attack a “hoax” and a “shameful… publicity stunt”.
We previously reported that a Chicago reporter was able to track down a surveillance tape that show the men buying supplies at a convenience store the day before the attack. Take a look at Charlie De Mar’s tweet:
This is coming after Smollett filed a report on being attacked last month. He claimed he was attacked by two white men who poured chemicals on him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs.
If convicted, Smollett is facing up to three years in prison and $25,000 in fines.