Jussie Smollett Arrest: Local Activists ‘Disheartened’ By Report Of Staged Attack

Actor Jussie Smollett charged over alleged staged attack, turned himself in

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had a hard time holding back his frustration over the allegation that a gay black man like Smollett would concoct such a story given the real struggles in the city with racial divisions and hate crimes. Police haven't described a motive.

Smollett allegedly texted Abel days before the attack, "Might need your help on the low". They arrived near their apartment at 2:27 a.m. a few minutes later, and Smollett's manager called the police "to report the incident".

In the wake of actor Jussie Smollett's arrest, Chicago Police have provided an update on the case in a new press conference.

Following the confirmation of the actor's charges, the police said Smollett set this whole thing up because he wasn't happy with his salary. Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and police, but it was unknown what they discussed or whether Smollett attended the meeting. Police say the brothers participated for the money and are not considered suspects.

Investigators have not said what the brothers told detectives or what evidence detectives collected.

In a statement released Thursday after Smollett's arrest, the senator wrote that "hate crimes are on the rise in America", and said, "Part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from that truth, and has been seized by some who would like to dismiss and downplay the very real problems that we must address".

Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo told police during their investigation that they were hired by the actor for an orchestrated attack.

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20th Century Fox television declined to comment on these specific reports, but did issue a statement saying Smollett would not be written out of the show.

The FBI has been investigating the threatening letter.

Once they were outside Abel's apartment, Ola was "summoned" into Smollett's auto, where he detailed his plans, which involved the brothers attacking him but making sure they "not hurt him too badly".

The brothers, who were identified by their attorney as Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, were held for almost 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett. No further information is being released by the Chicago Police Department.

The 36-year-old actor claimed he was attacked by racist white pro-Trump supporters, who doused him with a bleach-like chemical substance and tied a noose around his neck while yelling racist and homophobic slurs. The actor released his debut album, "Sum of My Music", a year ago.

Once the brothers consulted with their legal representation, they agreed to cooperate in the investigation, which "shifted from a Hate Crime to Disorderly Conduct investigation". Those men turned out to be the Osundairo brothers.

"Instead of just treating this as a serious crime, it was used as a political bludgeon to malign large swaths of Americans", he said.

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