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Jussie Smollett suspended from Empire TV show

23 February 2019

Smollett turned himself in to police at approximately 5 am Thursday morning and is facing a Class 4 felony charge (punishable for up to 3 yrs in prison) for disorderly conduct in falsifying a police report.

The report went on to suggest that the individuals "battered" the actor about the face with their hands before pouring "an unknown chemical substance" on him.

"The most vile and despicable part of it, if it's true, is the noose", Chicago Judge John Fitzgerald Like said during Smollett's first appearance. "They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators", said Johnson, who added that he was "offended and angry" by Smollett's stunt - not the least for the impact the hoax would have on other vulnerable populations.

"He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack", the statement continued. The Empire actor was taken into police custody for allegedly filing a false police report.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was visibly angered as he condemned Smollett's actions.

Prosecutors said one of the brothers had supplied Smollett with "designer drugs" in the past.

When police arrived, he told them what happened and pointed out the nearby surveillance camera, prosecutors said at the court hearing. They released images of two people they said they wanted to question and last week picked up the pair at O'Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria.

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"What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and risky comments!?"

Smollett has a record - one that concerns giving false information to police when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Chicago hosts one of the largest pride parades in the world.

Johnson noted how Smollett's claims ignited intense media coverage, with everyone from President Trump to several 2020 presidential candidates weighing in on news of the assault.

By the time Smollett appeared on "Good Morning America" on February 14, police already had a pretty good idea that he was lying, thanks to dozens of search warrants, subpoenas and extensive analysis of camera and phone records.

They did not reveal whether or not they believe Smollett's innocence, but said the allegations against him are "disturbing".

"My concern is that hate crimes will now be publicly met with a level of scepticism", the police chief told reporters, adding that the city had bigger problems.

Jussie Smollett suspended from Empire TV show