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Chicago police laid out their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett early Thursday, accusing him of orchestrating an elaborate hoax involving two bogus hate crimes – one involving an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter – for the purpose of garnering sympathy and a salary boost.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a “phony attack” in order to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Johnson said at a news conference Thursday that Smollett also sent a racist and homophobic letter to himself at the Fox studio lot before the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary.

WIBC host Tony Katz says Smollett concocted the hoax because it was “too easy.”

“He decided all Trump supporters were racists and bigots, and therefore, I can use them to catapult myself up. Because the claim that Trump supporters are racists and bigots is acceptable and approved. 

This is what society does; they made a decision based on no facts because they are no interested in facts. And this is where it gets back to [Robert] Mueller. When you ask why facts and proof are not needed, it’s the same reason that democrats are going to continue with investigations after the Mueller report. It’s the same reason they’re downplaying the Mueller report: it’s not about the crime, it’s about the charge.”

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