Jusssie Smollett has been accused of staging the attack on him because he was “dissatisfied with his salary,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday.
The Empire actor on Wednesday was charged with a felony for filing a false report in the racist and homophobic assault he claimed to have suffered in Chicago last month. He turned himself in to police custody early Thursday.
Johnson said during a press briefing that Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack that garnered national attention.
Police initially investigated the incident as a hate crime, but they began to suspect the actor after reviewing footage from more than 50 security cameras in the area and interviewing the men they had in custody. The men told police that Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary.
Smollett claimed two masked men attacked him on Jan. 29, wrapped a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs and said, “this is MAGA country” before fleeing the scene.
Smollett could face up to three years in prison.
What’s worse is now every time an actual hate crime is reported or MAGA heads do something odious, they’ll now point to the Smollett case to cast doubt on the story’s validity. So thanks for that, jackass. It doesn’t seem like his main objective was to smear Trump supporters, but you don’t need to lie to make Trump or his “enthusiastic” followers look bad.
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified “white nationalist” was arrested for plotting a mass killing of Democratic politicians and media figures. Federal investigators uncovered 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the basement of his Maryland home.
The man was contemplating pulling off acts of domestic terrorism to sow violence and disorder, including biological attacks and tainting American food supplies.
The suspect’s violent musings contemplated ways to “kill almost every last person on earth” and “establish a white homeland.” The government described the illegal weapons and drug charges that led to his arrest as the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”
A search of the suspect’s computer found that he had created a hit list of targets including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and media personalities, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes. All critics or opponents of Donald Trump.
Guess which one of these Lord Dampnut publicly condemned?