Police say that Jussie Smollett paid two men $3,500 by check to stage this attack; ‘this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn.’
Chicago Police Superintendent said that Smollett orchestrated a “phony attack” in order to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes…
Chicago Police say, “Empire” actor #JussieSmollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary & wanted to promote his career. He’s currently charged with disorderly conduct. Police say he paid those two men involved $3,500 by check to stage it. pic.twitter.com/kpeFWPGjGm
— Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) February 21, 2019
Smollett, who is black and openly gay, had told police he was attacked as he was walking home around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He claimed two masked men – one of them also wearing a red hat – shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured a chemical on them.
Police said, in reality, Smollett had paid those two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, $3,500 by check to stage the attack. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar has reported Smollett also directed the brothers to buy the noose at a hardware store and the hat and masks at a store in Uptown. Johnson said police have the check.
“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?” Johnson said. “How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?”
Police said the two brothers wore gloves during the staged attack, and did punch Smollett, but the scratches and bruises on Smollett’s face most likely were self-inflicted.
Johnson said bogus police reports cause real harm, and he fears for future victims of real hate crimes. More
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a “phony attack” in order to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
You know things are pretty good in America when people have to fake hate crimes to “prove” our country is racist. But we should never forget two innocent people could have ended up in prison for this faked hate crime and there could have been riots. This guy is dangerous. Stupid, but dangerous.
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