Actor Jussie Smollett paid $ 3500 to attack her last month, "taking advantage of the pain and rage of racism to promote her career," said Chicago police inspector Eddie T. Johnson. are causing real harm, "Johnson said.
"I'm offended by what happened and I'm angry," Johnson said. Investigators believe that Smollett had partially organized the attack on Jan. 29, "because he was dissatisfied with his salary," Johnson said.
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Smollett faces a crime of criminal behavior as he claims to have filed a fake report claiming he was attacked two men, including one masked, in the early morning of January 29 in Chicago. He claims to have shouted racist and homophobic insults, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on it. At the time, the police said they were treating the attack on the black and gay actor as a hate crime.
In the weeks following the alleged attack, there are numerous twists in the story, turning Smolet from victim into suspect. Police reported the initial story on Thursday, "It was later discovered that the incident did not happen."
The actor denied playing a role in his attack, his advocates say, promising and "aggressive protection."
"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smolet enjoys the presumption of innocence, especially when there has been an investigation like that in which information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," his lawyers said in a statement . 19659002]
The pouring of support became a doubt
For weeks Smolet stood before his initial allegations that he had been attacked.
Celebrities and politicians backed up their fierce support after announcing the alleged attack, but there were doubts, and the reaction grew stronger as social media users questioned his allegations after the police said they could not find a video of the surveillance incident
Police now believe that Smolet has paid two brothers to organize an attack on him, two sources of law enforcement have said, with knowledge of the investigation.
Until Wednesday, the police in Chicago said they viewed the incident as a possible fraud. The announcement came on the same day when County Cook's jury met to look at the evidence of the incident.
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