Chicago Police make big revelations in Jussie Smollett case during press conference

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Chicago Police are alleging that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to help stage an attack on him — all in hopes of advancing his career.

  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson, said Smollett tried to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
  • Johnson also alleged that Smollett’s dissatisfaction over his “Empire” salary may have lead to the plot.
  • “I am offended by what’s happened and I’m also angry,” Johnson said at a press conference Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. “They do harm to every legitimate victim.”
  • During the press conference, police alleged that Smollett paid two people $3,500 to help simulate an attack by hitting him a few times while wearing gloves.
  • Police said they have the check that Smollett used to allegedly pay the brothers.
  • Police also allege that some of the marks on Smollett may have been self-inflicted.
  • Smollett is facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report with police.
  • After originally reporting the attack, Smollett claimed the men who attacked him yellow racist and homophobic slurs, placed a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him. The men also purportedly mentioned “MAGA country.”
  • Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, who are brothers, were arrested earlier this week in connection to the case, but are no longer considered suspects.
  • According to CPD, surveillance video obtained during the investigation show the brothers paying cash for a ski mask, sunglasses, red hat and other items the day before the alleged attack.
  • The brothers issued a statement to CBS affiliate WBBM that said: “We are not racist. We are not homophobic, and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”
  • Smollett continues to deny any wrongdoing.