With actor Jussie Smollett now in police custody after being formally charged with ‘filing a false police report’ for his alleged homophobic and racist attack (click here to read more on that), Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson led a press conference just moments ago to clear up any rumors that preceding the 36-year-old’s apprehension.
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Phone records show Smollett spoke to the brothers before and after the attack
- “Empire” actor staged the attack on himself because he was unhappy with his salary
- Police did not give Jussie Smollett’s reported hate crime any extra attention or effort because of actor/singer’s celebrity status
- The two men, who were wearing gloves, punched Smollett “a little bit,” superintendent Eddie Johnson said. However, the scratches and bruises on his face were likely self-inflicted
- Smollett wrote a check for $3500 to pay brothers for attack (did not pay them in cash).