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Chicago police claim Smollett planned attack because he wanted salary boost

Chicago police claim Smollett planned attack because he wanted salary boost

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Empire star Jussie Smollett choreographed the ‘publicity stunt’ in order to get a pay rise, police claim.

In a press briefing, Chicago police allege the actor had staged the attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary’.

The actor turned himself in on 20 February. He was charged with federal disorderly conduct by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office following news that he was considered a suspect for filing a false police report.

Originally, he had filed a police report about an alleged attack against him which took place on 29 January.

Chicago police say it was a ‘hoax’

During the press briefing, Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson called the attack a ‘hoax’ and a ‘shameful… publicity stunt’.

CBS Chicago posted a video of the press briefing.

‘”How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago, turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face,” says CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Jussie Smollett turned himself in around 5 am, police said. “Bogus police reports cause real harm,”‘ the tweet reads.

Smollett allegedly paid $3,5000 to stage the attack

The Hollywood Reporter reports Johnson also said Smollett had first attempted to gain attention by sending a false racist letter to his workplace.

‘When that didn’t work, he paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process,’ Johnson said.

Police officials further revealed they now have the check which was made out to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, former suspects for the attack. The two are now witnesses after confessing the plot while in custody.

Smollett’s reps haven’t commented on the arrest yet.

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