Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke to the media today after the arrest of Jussie Smollett and had some harsh criticism for the “Empire” actor. Johnson’s statement also included an additional detail about how Smollett paid two brothers to help stage the attack:
CPD Superintendent says Jussie Smollett paid the 2 brothers by check:
"The brothers had on gloves…they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell, the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted." https://t.co/zIIys77lCR pic.twitter.com/NX1q2dyllB
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) February 21, 2019
Per Chicago PD Commission Johnson,
-Injuries to Smollett were self-inflicted scratches.
-Smollett wrote a $3,500 check to the brothers to stage the attack.
-Attack was done to promote his career.
-Smollett sent the threat letter.
-Smollett "orchestrated this"
— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) February 21, 2019
Smollett paid the brothers for the staged attack with a check?
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 21, 2019
A check. What could possibly go wrong?
Never pay with a check. https://t.co/QbAPeyMa8D
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) February 21, 2019
He wrote a check lol. Did he write "Ass whoopin'" on the For line? https://t.co/usYTgsltTC
— Mike ( ) (@that_mike_fella) February 21, 2019
He paid BY CHECK? Seriously?! Everything about this incident is dumbfounding, but that detail just blows my mind. JFC. https://t.co/9ldpg94Jr0
— Kenya J (@KenyaJ121) February 21, 2019
Also – HE WROTE A CHECK!
I bet he wrote “for fake attack” in memo https://t.co/WP90DKBkZu
— James Curtin III (@jamescurtin) February 21, 2019
Always be sure to leave a paper trail.
— CLA (@ConservativeLA) February 21, 2019
Oh, for the love of God.
He wrote a check?!
So we can add "idiotic" to the list of descriptors that apply to him. https://t.co/QXhiXVyyT4
— Seriously, Donnie: RESIGN. (@beth4158) February 21, 2019
Did he want to get caught all along? A check?! https://t.co/1IBc8z3O8i
— Big Bo Time (@PATH2RBA) February 21, 2019