As you’ve probably already heard, Jussie Smollett reported an incident where he was allegedly attacked and verbally abused by two men on January 29, 2019. He claimed that the two men beat him, tied a noose around his neck and showered him with a chemical-like substance, all while shouting anti-gay and racist profanities at him.
As of this morning, Smollett was arrested by Chicago police and has been charged with a felony for “disorderly conduct/filing a false police report,” according to a tweet by Anthony Guglelmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department.
Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest. pic.twitter.com/LvBSYE2kVj
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
During a press conference this morning, Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, said Smollett orchestrated the stunt, “because he was dissatisfied by his salary,” and that he “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
People are now coming out and denouncing the actor for his selfish crime, but not apologizing for believing him.
And I have not one regrets about believing him. I’m not going to stop believing people who say they have suffered because more often than not they are telling the truth.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 17, 2019
Celebrities have also began to weigh in.
Jussie Smollet’s actions have negatively impacted the credibility an already marginalized group of people who not only experience so much violence at the hands of both police and fellow civilians, but also whose lived experiences are already devalued and not believed.
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) February 21, 2019
Jussie Smollett is really, really bad at crime stuff.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) February 21, 2019
There are about 20 episodes per Empire season. Jussie Smollett reportedly made about $20k per episode. Imagine being upset you’re earning close to $400k a year, just shy of the top 1 percent in Chicago, & thinking the solution for a pay raise is faking a hate crime…
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) February 21, 2019
Yup, even Donald Trump had something to say. (Shocking, we know.)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
Until it was confirmed this morning, the rumours reported that Smollett hired two brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, to carry out the act. The brothers were arrested in connection with the crime last week but were released without charges after police stated the discovery of “new evidence.” Smollett allegedly paid the brothers $3,500 to perform the attack.