Chicago Police Have ‘More Evidence’ Against Jussie Smollett
This weekend, Jussie Smollett’s camp claimed to have texts seemingly disproving charges that he paid two brothers to specifically help stage a hate crime.
But now, unsurprisingly, more evidence is appearing.
Chicago’s police chief promised this morning that there’s “a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet” in Jussie’s case that proves he staged his hate attack. The investigation into the actor, who is charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report, has been ongoing for the last two weeks.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts: “Let me tell, you, Robin, there’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet, that does not support the version he gave. There’s still a lot of physical evidence, video evidence and testimony that just simply doesn’t support his version of what happened.”
Eddie also spoke on reports that the $3,500 check at the center of the case was really a payment from Jussie to the bodybuilding brothers for training sessions: “They [the brothers] said that he paid them $3,500 with a check … to carry out this incident.”
Still, he also reminded us that Jussie “still has the presumption of innocence until he has his day in court,” adding, “I just want people to understand, that’s a damaging thing to do to a city and to a police department.
“It’s important for people to recognize that it’s not the Chicago Police Department saying he did something, it’s the evidence, the facts and the witnesses that are saying this.”