Over the course of the last week, the Jussie Smollett case of him being attacked in a racist and homophobic hate crime has taken various turns. It was announced today that police are claiming that Smollett filed a false police report and are looking to charge him with a felony for disorderly conduct.
According to CNN, a bail hearing is anticipated for 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday, prosecutors said.
Smollett’s claims began to seemingly fall apart overnight, after police tracked down two Nigerian brothers captured on surveillance camera’s, during their search for footage of Smollett’s attack.
Chicago police claim the brothers, who are body-builders and have worked as extras on the set of Empire, were brought in for questioning and released after “cooperating” with police.
The brothers reportedly revealed they were paid $3,500 by Smollett to partake in this staged attack. After the attack, the brothers went to Nigeria and upon their arrival back to the U.S, were promised another $500 by Smollett.
The brothers were also captured on camera purchasing rope and mask allegedly used for the attack.
Smollett, who referred to himself as the “Gay Tupac” at a show in Los Angeles a week following the attack, also appeared on Good Morning America. In his only interview since the attack, Smollett defended his claims.
If Smollett did in fact stage this attack, the question now to be answered is: for what purposes? If he did in fact orchestrate this fictitious plot, perhaps Smollett is not grounded in reality.
Part of the recent statement from Smollett’s attorney reads as follows:
“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. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”