The case against Jussie Smollett could do more than lead to a conviction for the "Empire" star - some experts see the allegations he orchestrated an attack created to look like a hate crime as a potentially fatal blow to his career. "This is an actor, you know, allegedly feigning this whole attack, trying to get more money for his salary, that's a separate conversation from what's happening in society at large and the divide that's happening in this country".
"People have a lot of reason to not trust them", he said.
In response, later on Thursday, Smollett's legal team released a statement describing how the actor felt "betrayed" by CPD's presumption of his guilt before he'd undergone a fair trial, in an apparent lapse of the US justice system's premise of innocence until proven guilty. For the most part, the source said, he paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes. "So many people have felt that they've been so willing to call this a hoax, because the central question of this case was, 'Are Donald Trump supporters out here committing hate crimes?'" Johnson also alleged (though, without using impartial words like "alleged" or "claimed") that Smollett had been the one to send to the Empire set a slur-filled message, constructed from cutout magazine letters, threatening his life.
Following the arrest of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime attack - which included a rope being placed around his neck - Epix has reportedly pulled an episode of its documentary series "America Divided" that features the actor exploring the subject of hate crimes and lynching in the state of Tennessee. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense". He was released after paying 10 percent of the bail amount as stipulated by the judge.
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"Democrats are incoherent. Even when their lie is exposed, they find a way to continue to believe it", "Gosnell" director and "Justified" star Nick Searcy tweeted in response to an official statement on Jussie Smollett from Rep. Kamala Harris.
The superintendent said, however, that Smollett was given no more attention than any other alleged crime victim, but he lamented that resources devoted to this investigation could have been deployed elsewhere.
"I am offended by what's happened and I'm also angry", Johnson said. "We will all soon know", the New York Democrat told reporters at an event in Texas on Thursday when asked about the case. "We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options". His next hearing is scheduled for March 14.
If Smollett is found guilty, falsifying a police report is a Class 4 felony which carries a potential sentence of up to three years in prison.