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Chicago PD held a press conference on Thursday to brief reporters on the terms of Jussie Smollett’s arrest. The Empire star surrendered to authorities earlier that day and faces a felony criminal charge of disorderly conduct/filing a false police report in connection with his alleged attack last month.
“This announcement today recognizes that Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “I’m left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the face by making these false claims?
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“Bogus police reports cause real harm,” he continued. “They do harm to every legitimate victim who’s in need of support by police and investigators, as well as the citizens of this city… This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve. To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”
Johnson went on to detail how Smollett carried out the staged attack and the alleged reason behind it. “First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language,” he said. “When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process. And why? This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his...
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