Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson demolished “Empire” star Jussie Smollett on Thursday, revealing that investigators already have a smoking gun in the felony case against the actor.
Smollett has been charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report. He is accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime on himself and paying two Nigerian brothers to attack him.
Johnson delivered a litany of bad news for Smollett and his defense team on Thursday.
“How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile,” the police official said. “Bogus police reports cause real harm.”
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Johnson then revealed that Smollett paid $3,500 to stage the attack and attempt to frame it on Trump supporters because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”
That’s when he dropped the bombshell:
Chicago PD is in possession of the literal check that Smollett sent to the two Nigerian brothers in the fake attack.
This is what prosecutors call a “slam dunk” case.
"The actor told detectives two men attacked him near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago, according to police spokesman Guglielmi. Police were told the two men yelled, 'Empire' fa***t' and 'Empire' n***er,' while striking him," CNN reported.
Smollett's claims fell apart almost immediately.
Smollett now faces up to three years in prison for filing a false police report, a felony.