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Police Say Smollett Lied About Hate Crime Because He Was Unhappy with His Salary

'Empire' actor has turned himself in; his future is now uncertain

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It took only three weeks for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to go from being a hero of the Left to a disgraced, exposed liar — who now may be facing jail time.

The actor’s story about being attacked by two white Trump supporters in Chicago fell apart when he couldn’t keep the details straight and the police investigation began.

Smollett allegedly hired two Nigerian brothers to carry out his “attack” — and he’s now facing a charge for disorderly conduct.

Smollett is currently in police custody and will see a judge this afternoon.

He turned himself in to the police at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

During a Thursday press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett lied about the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

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Johnson said Smollett “attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language.”

He sent the letter to the “Empire” set; Smollett tried to use it later as proof he was attacked.

Police are also saying that any bruises and scratches to Smollett’s face following the “attack” were likely self-inflicted.

Johnson made sure to say that the Smollett case did not take attention away from other investigations on the part of the Chicago Police Department.

“Any time a hate crime is reported in the city of Chicago, it gets the same attention. This didn’t get any special attention. You all gave this more attention specifically than we do,” he told the assembled media on Thursday morning.

Johnson also said Smollett’s interview with “Good Morning America,” in which he described his “attack,” was “shameful.”

“Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did — and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of [the] resources put into this,” he added.

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