Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

NEW YORK CITY- MAY 16 Jussie Smollett arrives at the FOX 2016 Programming Presentation red carpet arrivals at the Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday

Chicago's top cop blasts Jussie Smollett; bond set at $100,000

Smollett's story that he was attacked January 29 by masked assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him and hung a rope around his neck unraveled when two of Smollett's acquaintances, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, told investigators the actor paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, said Johnson.

Smollett, 38, walked out of a police station Thursday after posting bail. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers first made contact with Smollett about 2:40 a.m.

The case against Jussie Smollett could do more than lead to a conviction for the "Empire" star - some experts see the allegations he orchestrated an attack created to look like a hate crime as a potentially fatal blow to his career. The show's network Fox said Thursday it was "evaluating the situation", and that it understood "the seriousness of this matter".

Victim advocates say despite Smollett's allegedly false story, hate crimes are still very real.

Video footage showed the two brothers in a store buying items described by Smollett as being used in the attack, including a red cap.

Daniels said in 2015 that he wanted "Empire" to "blow the lid off homophobia" in the black community by depicting the lead character's hostile relationship with his gay son, played by Smollett.

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Smollett is "on hold" for Friday's shoot, per the production schedule that was recently released to cast and crew.

A number of high profile celebrities and politicians defended Smollett after initial reports of the attack emerged, including Democratic 2020 candidate Kamala Harris who called it an attempted "modern day lynching".

"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked". Like his character, Smollett is gay.

In a statement submitted to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday night, Smollett's lawyers said: "Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system".

F eb. 20: Police publicly named Smollett as a suspect in the criminal investigation and hours later confirmed that the Cook County state's attorney's office had charged him with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report regarding the incident.

Smollett is due back in court March 14 when he is expected to enter his plea.

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