American actor Jussie Smollet who is accused of paying brothers Abel and his brother Ola $3,500 to attack him at 2am on January 29 is now in trouble after Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said there is more video footage, testimony and physical evidence that Smollett is lying.
The 36-year-old American actor is accused of filing a fake police report claiming he was the victim of a homophobic and racist assault
The police chief in charge of the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack said on Monday that there was more evidence which incriminates him on top of the mountain of proof that has already been made public.
Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson of the Chicago Police Department released a press release on the arrest of Jussie Smollett.
He batted away the Empire actor’s claim that a check for the brothers he allegedly paid to attack him was for personal training and said there was surveillance footage. physical evidence and testimony that proves it was a hoax which is yet to be presented.
‘He still has the presumption of evidence and he’ll get his opportunity in court if he chooses to go that route,’ Johnson said
This is the check Jussie Smollett paid Abimbola ‘Abel’ Osundairo to allegedly beat him on January 29.He backdated it to January 23, according to police. Smollett labeled it ‘5 week nutrition/workout program’ but the brothers say it was for the attack
Co-star Terrence Howard better known Lucious Lyon comes out in support of his onscreen son Jussie Smollett and says his Empire co-star could ‘never conceive of’ staging an attack
After Jussie’s arrest last week, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office revealed some of the evidence it had against Smollett at an extraordinary press conference in court.
Abel and Ola Osundairo told police Smollett paid them to attack him and that he was also behind the letter he received on January 22. It included phone records which show Smollett called Abel Osundairo, one of the brothers involved, an hour before the attack, an hour afterwards and while they were in Nigeria days later.
They say they also have surveillance footage of Smollett with the brothers in the days before the attack, while they were allegedly piecing it together.
He angrily denied making up any part of his story and cried to Roberts of ABC News that he was being attacked, both on the night of the attack and afterwards, because he hates President Trump.
The actor is due back in court on March 14 to face a felony charge of filing a false police report. Police say Smollett orchestrated the attack because he thought it would boost his celebrity profile, which it did, and earn him a raise.
Part of his defense is that the check was for personal training. It was backdated to January 23 and on it, Smollett wrote that it was for program to help him lose weight ahead of a music video appearance, writing in the memo box ‘5 week nutrition workout plan.’ .
Following this, Jussie’s character will no longer be part of the last two episodes of the TV show ’empire sn 5′ to avoid disruption on set said Empire’s executive producer
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