Empire actor, Jussie Smollett staged his attack because he was unhappy about his salary.


Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged a
fake hate crime attack on himself
because he was unhappy about his pay
on the hit Fox show, Chicago police
said Thursday.
“The stunt was orchestrated because
he was dissatisfied with his salary,”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie
Johnson told reporters in a Thursday
morning news conference. .
“Jussie Smollett took advantage of the
pain and and anger of racism to
promote his career.” Johnson, who
appeared visibly angry, called
Smollett’s actions “despicable. .
The actor turned himself into police
early Thursday after he was charged
Wednesday night with felony
disorderly conduct in filing a false
police report.
Smollett, who is black and openly gay,
told police he was the victim of a hate
crime, claiming on Jan. 29, that two
people yelled homophobic and racist
statements at him, beat him, threw
bleach on him and put a noose around
his neck. .
Among the things he said the attackers
shouted was “this is MAGA country,” a
reference to President Donald Trump’s
Make America Great Again campaign
Johnson said Smollett had paid two
Nigerian brothers, $3,500, by check, to
stage the attack after he sent himself a
letter with racist and homophobic
language in order to gain attention.