Chicago Police have arrested Jussie Smollett. He’s been charged with a felony for filing a false police report.
During an early morning press conference, Chicago PD laid out exactly what they believe happened in the case.
The police allege that: Smollett sent himself a threatening, racist and homophobic letter on January 22nd to get more money from 20th Centruy Fox. When that didn’t work, he hired brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to attack him. Smollett wrote the brothers a $3,500 check. This was all motivated from his displeasure with his $100,000 per episode Empire salary!
Smollett claimed his attackers called him a ‘fa***tt’ and ‘ni***er’ and that they shouted, ‘this is MAGA country!”
Police issues dozens of search warrants and scoured hundreds of hours of surveillance footage which led them to the brothers. Smollett was in contact with the brothers an hour before the incident and an hour afterwards AND when they were in Nigeria, laying low for two weeks. When they returned to the US on February 13 they were picked up by police and later confessed to the entire plot.
Police confirmed that Smollett gave himself the scratches on his face that were visible in a hospital bed selfie after he had reported it to the police.
20th Century Fox was contacted by the press and they’re currently deciding on their next course of action.
I think it’s very safe to assume that Jussie will never appear on “Empire” again….and quite possibly will be out of work for a very, very long time.