“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself into Chicago Police today and his mugshot has been released. He is being charged with a felony for allegedly filing false police report after claiming he was beaten in a racist and homophobic attack.
Smollett went on Good Morning America to describe the incident and proclaim his innocence however Chicago Police apprehended the two suspects and released them after they said that Smollett orchestrated the ordeal and paid them $3,500 for their participation.
In a press conference, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said “Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” adding, “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”
Smollett’s attorney said, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”