Jussie Smollett Head to Court


J.P. Simmons, Staff Writer

More and more details are pouring in about the now infamous Jussie Smollett case. Chicago Police believe that there is more evidence against him.

Smollett, who has been charged with filing a fake police report, is facing charges after he, according to Chicago Police, staged an attack against himself that was deemed racist and homophobic.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Good Morning America that Smollett still has the presumption of innocence, but that there is still much more to uncover about the case.

According to EntertainmentWeekly, Johnson was quoted saying, “There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet that does not support the version that he gave us,” shared Johnson. “There’s still a lot of physical evidence, video evidence, and testimony that just simply doesn’t support his version of what happened.”

Weeks ago, Smollett started turning from primary victim to suspect in the case, sparking media attention along the way. According to the Police, Smollett paid two brothers a check that amounted to $3,500 as payment for staging an attack against him.

He currently faces a disorderly conduct felony for falsely claiming the attack. In Illinois, filing a false police report can confine the perpetrator to one to three years in prison. Superintendent Johnson claims that Smollett took “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career” while Smollett has declared himself innocent about the incident. He is currently due back in court on March 14.