Empire star actor, Jussie Smollett apparently, staged a fake hate crime attack on himself because he was said to be unhappy about his salary on the hi
Empire star actor, Jussie Smollett apparently, staged a fake hate crime attack on himself because he was said to be unhappy about his salary on the hit Fox show.
“The stunt was orchestrated because he was dissatisfied with his salary. Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.
Johnson, who appeared visibly angry, called Smollett’s actions ‘despicable’.The actor turned himself into police early Thursday after he was charged on Wednesday night with felony disorderly conduct in filing a false police report. He has since been released on bail.
Jussie Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told police he was the victim of a hate crime, claiming that on January 29, two people yelled homophobic and racist statements at him, beat him, threw bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. Among the things he said the attackers shouted was “this is MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign slogan.
Johnson said Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers, $3,500, by check, to stage the attack after he sent himself a letter with racist and homophobic language in order to gain attention.