Actor Jussie Smollett could be in for even more tough times according to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson who told “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts that there is more evidence against the star.
“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,” Johnson said.
“There’s still a lot of physical evidence, video evidence, and testimony that just simply doesn’t support his version of what happened.”
When questioned about the idea that Smollett’s check to the bodybuilding brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo for training sessions, Johnson was adamite that the payment was in order for them to carry out the staged assault that Smollett has been arrested for.
“They [the brothers] said that he paid them $3,500 with a check … to carry out this incident,” Johnson insisted.
According to Johnson, he “ refused to let CPD characterize him as a suspect unless we had concrete evidence,” Johnson told Roberts.
“The entire time that we investigated the incident he was treated like a victim,” Johnson said.
Smollett reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime, perpetrated by a pair of men wearing “MAGA” hats while out at 2 a.m. in Chicago. Smollett reported that the men poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.
36-year-old Smollett was arrested on Thursday, despite his consistent denial of the allegations against him.
The actor filed a police report stating that he was attacked on Jan. 29 in the early morning hours while out to buy food.
According to Smollett, he was walking down a street in Chicago when two men put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and made racist and homophobic slurs, as well as declaring their allegiance to President Donald Trump during the attack.