Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held a lengthy press conference Thursday morning, calling Smollett's actions "despicable," and shared that he was angry and offended by the actor's allegedly false claims.
Smollett surrendered to police early Thursday morning and was arrested on a felony charge of filing a false police report.
Johnson said Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
JUST IN: Chicago police:
Smollett sent "false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language. When that didn't work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago's reputation through the mud" because he was "dissatisfied" with his salary. pic.twitter.com/jR5iVTPG0I
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 21, 2019
"Absolute justice would be an apology to this city, which he smeared," Johnson told reporters. He also called Smollett's alleged hoax a "slap in the face."
He also says Smollett paid his alleged attackers by check.
"We have the check" Jussie Smollett "used to pay" two brothers allegedly involved in what Chicago police call a staged attack. Police accuse Smollett of orchestrating the attack. https://t.co/5AiMcfe6iH pic.twitter.com/jXmre2XADw— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
Johnson also said, "when we discovered his actual motive, it pissed everybody off."
"When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off," Chicago police chief admitted, adding his department had to invest lots of "valuable resources" during the investigation https://t.co/MfyQuQi1uf pic.twitter.com/KoBUqwoQOI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2019
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