Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

The statement called Johnson's news conference "an organized law enforcement spectacle".

Smollett's attorneys released a statement after his release, claiming that the "presumption of innocence" was disregarded for Smollett. That reunion of sorts was tense and "very stressful for everyone", a well placed source tells me as the actor met with various creatives and cast members of the Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard led Empire.

Phone records indicate Smollett talked to the brothers about an hour before the alleged attack, an hour afterward and after they left the country for Nigeria, authorities said.

Chicago police say that Smollett grew dissatisfied with his salary on Empire, leading him to the stage the January 29 attack against himself.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking.

"Sanders insisted that "things do not add up here" and "this just doesn't seem right" because, in reference to the $3,500 that Smollett reportedly paid to the brothers to stage the attack, "$3,500 won't even buy a round-trip ticket to Nigeria". Immediately after his release on bond Thursday, Smollett was whisked to the set of "Empire". Chicago Police claim they have reason to believe that the actor orchestrated the event, according to a New York Times report.

A painstaking review of more than four dozen surveillance cameras - including some hidden in residents' doorbells - helped Chicago investigators uncover Jussie Smollett's alleged hate hoax, police said. "They do harm to every legitimate victim". "When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more hard for other victims of crime to come forward".

He continued: "It seems both an incredible coincidence and also proof of the awful things that happen in this country".

Johnson said the department would continue to investigate hate crimes with the same vigor, but feared that victims of hate crimes will "be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn't happen".

"We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process", they said in a statement to CNN on Thursday.

The move came a day after the 36-year-old was charged with lying to Chicago police about the allegedly staged incident, in which he said two masked men beat him and slung a noose around his neck while yelling racist and homophobic abuse. "We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options".

If Smollett is found guilty, falsifying a police report is a Class 4 felony which carries a potential sentence of up to three years in prison. His defense team told the court that Smollett was not a flight risk and cited his philanthropic work in making his case for bail.

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