Empire actor Jussie Smollett ignited a storm on social media by mentioning his alleged horrific experience with a homophobic attack. He claimed that on January 29, he was attacked on his way home by two men, who yelled racist slurs at him, tied a rope around his neck and doused him with bleach. However, the case took a different turn with the police suspecting him of orchestrating the attack. Now, the latest development of the case has taken us by shock again!
The actor, who plays a gay character in Empire, has been arrested for allegedly ‘filing a false report’ and for disorderly conduct. Just after Smollet was arrested, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference, “Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve,” he added. As per Variety, Johnson also said that Smollett paid $3,500 to the attackers to stage the attack.
It’s said that the charge can cost him up to three years in prison and could also force him to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report.
Suspicion of his claims started when reports suggested that he had not fully cooperated with the police after informing the authorities about the attack. Furthermore, a video of the attack, which was assumed to be recorded in the CCTV, also couldn’t be found by the detectives.