Jussie Smollett feels 'betrayed' over arrest after being released on $100000 bail

Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Arrested Over False Police Report

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated prosecutors also charged Smollett, 36, with felony disorderly conduct. However, as Smollett posted bond and headed to the FOX studios, he gave the cast and crew of Empire an apology for putting them through this.

Along with staging the attack, Johnson said Smollett also sent a fake letter using similarly racial, homophobic, and political language to the Empire set days before the attack.

According to the police, Smollett orchestrated the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary. Many Hollywood celebrities and prominent politicians, especially Democrats, expressed sympathy for Smollett on Twitter or in verbal comments following the alleged attack and condemned the bigotry and homophobia Trump has fueled since taking office two years ago.

The Empire actor said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men on January 29.

The police superintendent expressed disbelief and disappointment about the situation, saying during the press conference, "Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

February 21 - Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack as a "publicity stunt" because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the TV show "Empire".

If convicted, Smollett could face a prison sentence of one to three years.

Police did not say how much Smollett is paid for his role on "Empire".

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He drove them home, wrote a check to one of the brothers for $3,500 and flew to NY, prosecutors said.

The Good Morning Britain host wrote in his Mail Online column: "Today, Smollett is revealed to be the most ugly, reprehensible, disgusting, snivelling little liar in America".

However, following new evidence, the two men in question were released without charged, and Jussie was arrested after it was allegedly discovered he had paid the men.

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

Jussie Smollett has been arrested and is in custody of detectives.

When it came time to stage the attack, Johnson said, Smollett chose a spot that he believed would be captured by one of Chicago's many security cameras.

Referring to a published account of the attack, Trump said last month that "it doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned".



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