Jussie Smollett turned himself into Chicago authorities early this morning after charges were filed yesterday. Police say that the Empire actor paid brothers Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo $3,500 to "attack" him and say that all injuries sustained are more than likely self-inflicted. On January 29th, Smollett went to authorities and told them that he was the victim of a hate crime, claiming that bleach was thrown on his skin, a noose was wrapped around his neck, and that his attackers yelled racial and anti-gay slurs at him.
Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson and the rest of the force are angry with the Empire actor. Jussie Smollett used a racial divide to cause a big controversy in an attempt to further his career and wasted resources that could have been used to investigate a real hate crime. Johnson had this to say about Smollett's actions.
"Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of resources put into this."
Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson says he hasn't seen the entire interview that Jussie Smollett did with Good Morning America. However, the parts he did see were "shameful." In the interview, Smollett claims the men stated he was in "MAGA country," which is a direct reference to the Trump administration and a hot button topic when talking about racism in America. He later denied that the men had said it and now President Trump is asking questions. The president had this to say.
"What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?"
Last weekend, Chicago authorities released Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo without any charges after they spoke with their lawyer. By then, something was really fishy about the whole story and news of a new suspect and motive leaked to the public. Once Jussie Smollett was seen as a possible suspect, the actor denied all charges. However, earlier this week, police felt that they had enough evidence to bring forth the charge of filing a false police report, which is a felony.
Filing a false police report is a class 4 felony and is punishable by one to three years in jail. A bail hearing is set for 1:30 Central Time this afternoon, where it is believed that Jussie Smollett will be released. However, he may face jail time for his choice to stage his own hate crime at a time when racial tensions are on the rise. Police say that Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger" of racism to try and further his career and they wish that other issues, such as gun violence received as much attention as Smollett's staged attack. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon. CNN was the first to report the Jussie Smollett news.