By Elizabeth Mendoza

On January 29, 2019, actor Jussie Smollett, best known for his role as Jamal Lyon in the American drama series Empire, was allegedly a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. Many were upset by this incident, accusations of it being staged surfaced. Law enforcement have questioned two suspects but, were soon proven innocent. Smollett, at first, wasn’t happy with the fact that some people believe he planned the attack on himself and has denied all rumors when asked about it. However, Law enforcement was quoted by CNN claiming that the actor hired two men to organize an assault on Smollett. The actor’s lawyer has said that he feels double-crossed by the fact that these claims have been made on him. Police continued to find more evidence such as the video of the incident and are planning to speak with the actor once more. A jury was said to be hearing the case, but the actor ended up turning himself in at central booking. He was charged with felony disorderly conduct due to filing a false police report. The judge who held the case set a bond of $100,000. At the hearing, the actor remained quiet while his attorney suggested he be released due to his career and reputation. The judge believed the statement was inappropriate. Smollett was released after paying the bond.

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