Said Johnson: "I'm left hanging my head and asking why". Initially, the actor, who is black and openly gay, had told police that he was walking in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. January 29 when two men came up to him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him in the face, poured a substance - possibly bleach - on him and put a "thin, light rope" around his neck.
Smollett's attorneys denied the actor was complicit in the attack.
Jussie Smollett and President Trump. Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? Smollett said he had just arrived in the city from NY and made a late-night run to a Subway when someone yelled: "Aren't you that f**got "Empire" n**ga?" The Associated Press adds that Smollett has turned himself in, and if convicted he could face up to three years in prison as well as having to reimburse the investigation costs. "They do harm to every legitimate victim who's in need of support".
Police officers have reported that they have the cheque paid to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who both worked as extras on Empire. Johnson said he believes the cuts and bruises on Smollett's face after the attack were self-inflicted.
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Mrs May said she was "saddened", but her party would "always offer. decent, moderate and patriotic politics". But we now feel honour bound to put our constituents' and country's interests first .
Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct. Now of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of events with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one.
Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, the son of music mogul Lucious Lyon, on "Empire", which is in its fifth season and returns to the air March 13.
Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama Empire, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police that two apparent supporters of US President Donald Trump had struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.
The actor will appear at a court hearing later today.
Jussie Smollett has been charged with "orchestrating" his own attack, according to the Chicago PD.