Cops: Jussie Smollett Paid Accomplices by Check - Page 2

The latest on 'Empire' actor's arrest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2019 3:52 PM CST

  • More career fallout: TNT has pulled an episode of Drop the Mic, a show featuring celebrities competing in rap roast battles, that features Smollett.
  • Smollett's side: At a bail hearing Thursday, Smollett's lawyer said the actor "vehemently denies" the "outrageous allegations," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "He is not a threat to society, and is not a flight risk. He came back yesterday from out of state, knowing charges were imminent. He surrendered this morning at 5am and wants nothing more than to clear his name." Smollett posted bond and was released after the hearing.
  • Harsh words from Chicago police: "Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday. "This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve."
  • The attack: Prosecutors say the staged attack lasted 45 seconds, per CNN. Video shows the brothers leaving the scene about a minute later. Police say Smollett specifically pointed out to the brothers the location of a security camera he thought would capture the attack, though it ended up being turned away and didn't record it, the AP reports.
  • The brothers: The alleged accomplices' attorney says the brothers aren't expecting to be hit with charges "because they are not guilty of anything."
(Police say this was Smollett's motive.)

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