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Old 02-21-2019, 07:20 AM
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Jussie Smollett charged: 'Empire' actor's bond set at $100K, staged attack because he was 'dissatisfied with his salary': police

CHICAGO --
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court Thursday after surrendering to authorities in the early morning on one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

The judge set Smollett's bond at $100,000.
He is expected to bond out of jail. He is due back in court March 14, when he is expected to enter his plea.

CLICK HERE to read the full bond proffer

At a press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett initially faked a letter using racist and homophobic language. When that didn't get attention, Johnson said, Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack, because he was "dissatisfied with his salary."

"'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger to promote his career," Johnson said. "I am left hanging my head and asking, 'Why? 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 and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?'"
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Jussie Smollett's character to be removed from 'Empire', producers say; actor charged with felony out on bond


CHICAGO --
Jussie Smollett's character will be written off the last two episodes of the TV show "Empire."

The executive producers of the show, including Lee Daniels, issued a statement Friday morning that said they have decided to remove Smollett's character, Jamal, from the last two episodes of the season.

The producers said they care deeply about Smollett, who has been an important member of the show's family since the beginning. They said the last few weeks have taken an emotional toll on the cast and crew, and called the allegations "very disturbing." The producers decided to remove Jamal to avoid further disruption on set, as the legal process plays out.
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:27 AM
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What's next for Jussie Smollett? Possible big police bill

Friday, February 22, 2019 06:13AM
CHICAGO (WLS) --
As actor Jussie Smollett is facing a trashed career and possibly three years in prison, his likely legal play is clear to ABC7 legal analyst Gil Soffer.

"In any criminal case, if you as a defendant are looking at a mountain of evidence and you don't have a viable defense, there's almost no reason to go to trial," said Soffer, a former Chicago federal prosecutor and partner at Katten Law. "Cut your losses. You enter a plea deal."

The scrum Smollett faced leaving Cook County's jail complex would just be the beginning of the unpleasantness if the case went to court.

"It's an ugly, protracted and very public process if you push a case all the way to trial. And if you think your odds of winning are very small, if that's the conclusion he and his lawyers make, then he should be entering a plea deal much sooner than later," Soffer said.

Typically in cases such as this, especially with a young celebrity defendant, the aim is to get out from under the problem quickly with a plea deal.

One common element of any false police report plea deal is restitution to cover the cost of the investigation.

"We have been working on this investigation for about three weeks," said Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Smollett may face a huge bill from the city and FBI before this is over. Although no cost figures have been released, based on recent, but much smaller, cases of false police reports, the tab would be extensive.
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:31 AM
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