Jussie Smollett's legal team on Thursday criticized Chicago Police for what the department referred to as the "Empire" actor's "phony attack."
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference that Smollett orchestrated the incident, he was assaulted by two men in late January to take "the benefit of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."
CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM '
In a statement by Fox News, 36-year-old Smollett's legal counsel said the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system."
"The presumption of innocence, and the bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election, "his team continued
" Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing. "
Smollett was charged Wednesday night with felony disorderly conduct and turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.
While Smollett is innocent until proven guilty in court of the United States, he is a judge of the Smollett's bond for $ 1
"This is a shameful fact because it painted this city that we all love and work hard in, in a negative connotation," Johnson said. and the scene was a hate crime of that nature when he knew that as a celebrity he would get a lot of attention … It's despicable. It's you wonder what's going through someone's mind. "
" As a black man, who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here. our nation to come together, "he said. Johnson added that "absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he was smeared … admitting what he did, and then be human enough to offer what he should offer up to all the resources that were put into this." [19659003
Fox News' Sasha Savitsky has contributed to this report.
Smollett has finally released the bail and was released Thursday afternoon before he returned to the Chicago set of "Empire,"