Attorneys for Empire star Jussie Smollett blasted what they known as an “organized regulation enforcement spectacle” on Thursday after the actor was arrested, charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly mendacity to police and later freed after posting a $100,000 bond.
In an announcement reported by WGN TV News and NBC Information, Smollett’s authorized group mentioned the police carried out a “spectacle that has no place within the American authorized system.”
“The presumption of innocence, a bedrock within the seek for justice, was trampled upon on the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a mayoral election,” the assertion reads.
“Mr. Smollett is a younger man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently desires to skip due course of and proceed on to sentencing.”
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The assertion got here after Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson held a information convention by which he forcefully denounced Smollett’s alleged actions, saying that they offended him and made him indignant.
“[Smollett] took benefit of the ache and anger of racism to advertise his profession,” he mentioned.
“Why would anybody use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How can a person flip round and slap everybody on this metropolis within the face by making these false claims?”
The preliminary incident noticed police take a report that Smollett had been approached by two individuals who allegedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs and shouted about “MAGA nation” in his path.
The report went on to recommend that the people “battered” the actor concerning the face with their fingers earlier than pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him.
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One of many people was additionally alleged to have tied a rope round Smollett’s neck.
Now, nonetheless, police consider that Smollett staged the entire scene and allegedly instructed two brothers to hold out the assault towards him by paying them $three,500.
Two brothers, recognized as Olabinjo “Ola” and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, have been held for nearly 48 hours after which launched.
The pair supplied data that “shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” police mentioned.
—With information from Katie Dangerfield and Andrew Russell
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