Police Arrest Jussie Smollett, Accuse Actor of Staging His Attack

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Before the reported attack, Smollett also sent a threatening letter that targeted himself to the Fox studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed, Johnson said.

Smollett has helped to "drag Chicago's reputation", Johnson said.

Smollet's story received tremendous media attention and support from the public, including condemnations of the attack from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen.

Actor Jussie Smollett of "Empire" fame is now under arrest and in the "custody of detectives" on Thursday morning, Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said.

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In the wake of actor Jussie Smollett's arrest, Chicago Police have provided an update on the case in a new press conference.

Looking out at a crowded room of reporters at police headquarters, Johnson said: "I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention". How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the face by making these false claims? "But this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn't earn and certainly didn't deserve".

Smollett's attorneys released a statement saying that their client "enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked".

The actor has a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday. The actor was adamant that it was two MAGA-hat wearing President Trump supporters who attacked him, while hurling homophobic and racial slurs at him.

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On "America's Newsroom", Napolitano, Fox News' senior judicial analyst, said Smollett, 36, if convicted, faces up to three years in prison for that charge.

They had decided they needed to set the story straight on what happened that January night, said their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt.

Police say they have the cheque produced by Jussie as evidence. "It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie's complicity".

"We have the phone records that clearly indicate that they talked to each other quite a bit", Johnson said.

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Police said there had been a "significant shift in the trajectory" of the investigation after the brothers were freed on Friday. His attorneys promised an "aggressive defense", in a statement issued Wednesday after Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved a felony disorderly conduct charge against Smollett.

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