Actor Jussie Smollett Booked Into Chicago Jail, Police Call Staged Attack ‘Publicity Stunt’
By CBS News // February 21, 2019
Police: Smollet paid two men $3,500 to stage attack
(CBS NEWS) – Chicago’s top police officer expressed anger and frustration Thursday over what he called Jussie Smollett’s “shameful” attempt to fabricate a hate crime for a “publicity stunt.”
The “Empire” actor’s story that he was attacked Jan. 29 by masked assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him and hung a rope around his neck unraveled when two of Smollett’s acquaintances, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, told investigators the actor paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Smollett has turned himself in on a felony count of filing a false police report and is due in court Thursday afternoon.
Johnson said Smollett, 36, choreographed the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary.
He castigated Smollett for putting the national spotlight on Chicago for something “that is both egregious and untrue,” and said bogus police reports harm legitimate victims by wasting valuable police resources.
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