Jussie Smollett Paid $3,500 to Stage Attack in Hopes of Furthering Career

What’s done in the dark will always come to light. Especially if what’s done in the dark is a poorly executed staged attack that you lie to the whole nation about.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is finding this out the hard way. The 36-year-old was arrested on Thursday morning for filing a false police report.

The report refers to the attack that the actor claimed happened on Jan. 29 in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. At the time, Smollett said that two masked men beat him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs. He also claimed that they tied a rope around his neck and poured liquid on him.

Since then, Smollett’s case has turned into a complete mess, culminating with his arrest for staging the whole thing.

Details of the Staged Attack

As more evidence came to light, it became clear that Smollett planned the entire attack.

In a press conference on Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged that the actor paid brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo $3,500 to assist in the planned attack.

Johsnon said that Smollett took “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

The evidence needed to arrest Smollett didn’t come out until the final hour of the brother’s 48-hour holding period when they finally confessed to the whole thing. If they hadn’t come clean in that hour, the police would have had to release them.

“We just didn’t have the total package to support that it was a hoax,“Johnson said. “This investigation didn’t turn in the direction of Mr. Smollett being a defendant until the 47th hour that we had those two individuals in custody.”

According to Johnson, Smollett staged the assault “because he was dissatisfied with his salary.”

In response to the allegations, Smollett’s lawyers are still maintaining his innocence. They released a statement to CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar on Thursday.

“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” the statement read.

“The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election.”

“Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

What Really Happened

The brothers alleged that the whole thing started when Smollett texted Abimbola on Jan. 25 asking for his help.

“Might need your help on the low,” the text read. “You around to talk face to face?”

He then told the brothers of his plan and gave them $100 to buy supplies, including rope, ski masks, and red hats. Video has since surfaced of the men buying some of the aforementioned items in a local beauty supply store.

The brothers also told police that they did, in fact, punch Smollett on the night of the attack, but not hard enough to inflict bruising.

“As far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted,” Johnson said of the event.

The actor’s bond was set to $100,000. He is no longer in police custody and must return to court on Mar. 14.

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