Head Of Chicago Police Shames Jussie Smollett For 'Phony Attack'

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

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".

In addition, new surveillance video surfaced Wednesday of the two brothers implicated in the alleged attack against Smollett - and it appears to corroborate their story that the actor actually paid them to pull off it off.

A source close to the Empire production team told ET earlier Thursday that a meeting with Fox was expected to happen on Thursday to discuss Smollet's future with the show.

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

Smollet is accused of mailing himself a letter containing racial and homophobic slurs to the Empire Studio in Chicago.

Smollett allegedly texted Abel days before the attack, "Might need your help on the low".

The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America.

Referring to a published account of the attack, Trump said last month that "it doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned". The charges stem from a January 29 report in which Smollett, 36, said attackers poured what he believed was bleach all over his body and put a noose around his neck while making slurs about his race and sexuality. "We are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it. Praying for Jussie and his family".

Following the confirmation of the actor's charges, the police said Smollett set this whole thing up because he wasn't happy with his salary. "We gave him the benefit of the doubt". "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defence".

The actor alleged the men threw a noose around his neck and yelled, "This is MAGA country!"

If convicted, Smollett faces up to three years in prison - and he'd deserve it. On Thursday, he tweeted, "what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and unsafe comments!?" Now of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of events with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. Johnson would not say whether Smollett could face additional charges for that.

Once they were outside Abel's apartment, Ola was "summoned" into Smollett's vehicle, where he detailed his plans, which involved the brothers attacking him but making sure they "not hurt him too badly".

"My concern is that hate crimes will now be publicly met with a level of skepticism", the police chief told reporters, adding that the city had bigger problems.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kristen Gillibrand said she hopes this incident doesn't diminish the voices of survivors of hate crimes.

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