Jussie Smollett Arrest: Local Activists ‘Disheartened’ By Report Of Staged Attack

Actor Jussie Smollett charged over alleged staged attack, turned himself in

On Thursday, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held an emotional press conference, saying he was offended and angered by Smollett's hoax. This comes after Smollett turned himself in to Chicago Police to face felony charges in connection with an alleged hate crime attack he appears to have staged.

Additionally, police shared that the two men who Smollett hired to help him- brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo - were almost processed as suspects before their lawyer stepped in to explain that they had information that would exonerate them of any wrongdoing.

Before the reported attack, Smollett also sent a threatening letter that targeted himself to the Fox studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed, Johnson said.

Johnson said Smollett hasn't made any statement to police since his arrest.

"We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process".

The time for the attack is set for 10 p.m. but is later moved to 2 a.m. after Smollett's flight from NY to Chicago is delayed four hours.

"We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our Empire family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night".

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"When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off because we have to invest valuable resources", he said.

Smollett had claimed that two masked men struck him and put a noose round his neck while shouting "This is MAGA country", referring to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. "And Jussie should stop playing games with the people if he's wrong because he owes everybody in Chicago an apology due to the fact that we have people that are shot every day in Chicago - people that are killed at least every other day in Chicago".

Chicago Police DepartmentJussie Smollett's mugshot following his February 21 arrest.

"I did feel for him", Styles said. They also said they intend to conduct a thorough investigation and mount an aggressive defense. The Chicago Police Department cites records from a hardware store, where the brothers purchased the rope, and surveillance video of them picking up other supplies. On Thursday, he tweeted, "what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and unsafe comments!?" Smollett is facing a felony charge for allegedly filing a false report.

The brothers were set to give grand jury testimony Tuesday before a last-minute phone call from Smollett's attorneys convinced prosecutors to delay their testimony; Smollett's lawyers said they had new evidence. That cooperation is nearly certainly the main reason they haven't been charged.

"Bogus police reports cause real harm", he continued.

Social media erupted in a debate with some rallying support for the actor who professed to be the victim of a hate crime and those who doubted his story from the beginning.

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