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Chicago police say they have more evidence Jussie Smollett staged hate crime Today

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson claimed that there is a slew of evidence that “Empire” star Jussie Smollett staged his own hate crime.

“Let me just put this out there first and foremost right now that he still has the presumption of innocence until he has his day in court,” Johnson told host Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” Monday.

Johnson reiterated that Smollett, 36, described the Jan. 29 incident as a hate crime and that the Chicago police treated it as such. Johnson noted that even though the actor said his two alleged attackers were masked, Smollett “was able to say he’d seen around their eyes that at least one was white-skinned.”

“The entire time we investigated the incident he was treated like a victim,” Johnson added.

Smollett was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct amid allegations of filing a false police report. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he is facing up to three years in prison. A judge set Smollett’s bond for $100,000 on Thursday.

It was after the police spoke with brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo that they pivoted their investigation away from a hate crime and to an allegedly false police report.

Johnson said that the Chicago police apprehended the brothers for 48 hours and that they became “cooperating witnesses” in the 47th hour, noting that authorities “gathered up a lot of evidence and facts before then.”

“We worked very closely with their lawyer,” Johnson told Roberts, explaining that the Osundairos’ attorney likely advised them on how to proceed with the police. [READ More]


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