Attorney shares new details on Jussie Smollett's 'staged' attack

Lawrence Kim
February 22, 2019

"This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn't own and certainly didn't deserve".

They allegedly punched the actor, poured a chemical substance over him and put a rope around his neck.

At a press conference following his arrest, police chiefs slammed the actor for being untruthful about the incident and allegedly handing the men a cheque for $3,500 (£2,684) to orchestrate the attack - with the cheque now in evidence.

His plans for the surveillance camera were thwarted.

Smollett has not given a statement to police since detectives interviewed the Osundairos.

A bond hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time.

It was then discovered that the men were brothers of Nigerian descent, both known to Smollett: one was an extra on Empire, the other was his personal trainer. The actor, his attorneys and supporters left without speaking to reporters. It has been revealed that he also sent himself the threatening letter.

Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor, has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police in connection with the alleged attack on January 29.

Officials from 20th Century Fox Television, which airs "Empire", did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jussie Smollett paid $3,500 to stage the attack, says police.

It was the brothers who also explained Smollett's motive to detectives.

Smollett has, thus far, stuck by his story, saying he was attacked when he went to buy food late at night in downtown Chicago, adding that one attacker told him "this is MAGA country".

In describing what police believe actually happened, Johnson made it sound as if Smollett was casting and directing a short movie.

Police said the information the brothers gave them "changed the trajectory of the investigation".

Police are now calling on the actor to publicly apologize for the tale. Authorities say the two brothers who staged the attack are cooperating in the investigation. They confessed and became cooperating witnesses, Johnson said.

"We followed up on the rideshare and that was the lead that we needed in order to identify the two persons of interest", Edward Wodnicki, a Chicago police commander, said during a press conference on Thursday.

The two appeared before a grand jury on Wednesday to where they came clean, before Smollett was charged, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Less than a week after leaving the hospital, Smollett returned to the stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles for a concert performance surrounded by a support system of family and fans.

She said her clients did not care about a plea deal or immunity. "There are still some questions that we have, some answers that have to be given", she said. Kamala Harris and Trump.

The "hoax", he said, "received national attention for weeks", and may deter future hate crime victims from coming forward for fear that their allegations may be met with scepticism.

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