Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie T. Johnson has claimed that Jussie Smollett paid two men $3500 to carry out an attack on him.
The Superintendent spoke about the case at a press conference this afternoon, in which he revealed more details of the case.
Jussie turned himself into the Chicago police department this morning, after it was revealed that he was being charged with filing a false police department and disorderly conduct.
The superintendent alleged that the actor “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
After the alleged attack took place, Jussie told police that the attackers shouted homophobic and racist slurs at him, before they put a noose around his neck.
“Why would anyone especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?….How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?” the superintendent continued.
He also claimed Empire star allegedly staged the attack was because he was dissatisfied with his salary and hired two extras from the show to carry out the attack.
It was also alleged that Jussie decided to stage the incident after a false racist and homophobic letter he claimed he had received did not get the public attention he was expecting.