Chicago police say Jussie Smollett staged attack 'because he was dissatisfied with his salary'.

Jussie Smollett falsely claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in an effort to boost his “Empire” salary, Chicago police said Thursday.

“This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. “So he concocted a story about being attacked.”

Smollett had claimed to Chicago police last month that two men beat him, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

Johnson blasted Smollett on Thursday, telling reporters, “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?”

Johnson noted how Smollett’s claims ignited intense media coverage, with everyone from President Trump to several 2020 presidential candidates weighing in on news of the assault.

Smollett, Johnson said, “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

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