Chicago – From the victim to the accused: US actor Jussie Smollett from the television series “Empire” is said to have invented a directed against him racist and homophobic attack. After the alleged false statement to investigators, he was arrested and should still appear on Thursday in court, police said in Chicago.
False statements to the police are punishable. If convicted, Smollett could face a maximum of one to three years imprisonment. The lawyers of the 36-year-old announced to defend him “aggressively” and start his own investigation of the controversial case. In addition, true and false details have come to the public.
Doubts after arrest of brothers and sisters
The African-American and gay actor told the Chicago police in late January that he had been attacked by strangers and insulted racially and homophobically. The two would have tied a rope around his neck and dumped a chemical substance on him. Smollett, known from the series “Empire” and the science fiction film “Alien: Covenant”, had also spoken publicly about the alleged attack.
Doubts arose after the arrest of two brothers, reported US media. It is checked whether Smollett paid the two for a fake attack. The police had been unable to find video recordings of surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the alleged attack, according to investigators, according to witnesses.
“This lie is so damaging,” the feminist author Roxane Gay had tweeted a few days ago. It is inexplicable why Smollett makes life more difficult for people who actually become victims of hate crimes. Previously, celebrities such as ex-Vice President Joe Biden, actress Emma Watson and singer John Legend had put behind Smollett.