Chicago police deny reports they’re considering charging Jussie Smollett with making a false report after he said he was attacked by men yelling racist and homophobic slurs
A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department told INSIDER it is not considering charging Jussie Smollett with making a false police report, two weeks after the “Empire” star said he was attacked.
“Why would we charge a victim of a crime with a crime? That makes no sense,” the spokesperson said on Tuesday. “He is a victim of a crime that doesn’t belong in our city.”
The comments contradict multiple reports citing the police superintendent saying the department is considering charging Smollett if the case proves to be a hoax.
The police are seeking a full version of Smollett’s call records from the day of the attack after Smollett provided them with a redacted PDF copy.
Two weeks after Jussie Smollett said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, the Chicago Police Department denied reports that it is considering charging the “Empire” actor with making a false report.
“Why would we charge a victim of a crime with a crime? That makes no sense,” Carroll Michael, an officer working in the Chicago Police Department communications office, told INSIDER on Tuesday. “He is a victim of a crime that doesn’t belong in our city.”
In January, Smollett, who is black and gay, said two white men yelled “Aren’t you that f—ing ‘Empire’ n—–?,” put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and screamed “This is MAGA country!”
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Chicago Police did not find videos of the attack, and said they have not identified any suspects. Multiple outlets had reported that police superintendent Eddie Johnson said he is considering charging Smollett with making a false report if the case proves to be a …read more
Source:: Business Insider