As reported by FoxNews
Johnson said at a news conference Thursday that Smollett also sent a racist and homophobic threatening letter to himself at the Fox studio lot before the attack.
He said Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary.
“I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” a visibly upset Johnson told reporters. “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol…how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?”
He added, “Bogus police reports cause real harm.”
Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he is facing up to three years in prison.
7:10 AM PT — The Police Superintendent just expressed his outrage at Jussie Smollett for allegedly betraying the African American and LGBT communities to further his career in a “publicity stunt.” The Superintendent saidSmollett created the ruse because “he was dissatisfied with his salary” on “Empire.”
The Superintendent also said the wounds on Smollett were most likely “self-inflicted.”
The Superintendent also said Jussie sent a “false letter” — presumably the letter that was sent to Fox Studios 8 days before the incident.
4:15 AM PT — Jussie has turned himself in and is under arrest. He’s been booked and will be taken in custody to the courthouse where he will be going to bond court at 1:30 PM CT. He will either post bond or be released on his own recognizance. He will not enter a plea.