The Chicago PD said they believe Jussie actually staged what was first reported as a hate crime because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on his show Empire.
A representative also said Jussie was a “troubled young man” who used “drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson also said, “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who’s in need of support by police.”
Watch a snippet of the press conference below.
"Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career." Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson said. "Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?" https://t.co/MfyQuQi1uf pic.twitter.com/SZXL5Hka0c
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2019
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