Chicago Cops Reveal Actor Smollett's Alleged Motive

Newser - 02-21

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They say he staged attack because he was unhappy with his 'Empire' salary. (Newser) – He wanted a better salary. That's the alleged motive of Empire actor Jussie Smollett for staging a fake assault on himself, according to Chicago police. Chief Eddie Johnson told reporters Thursday that the 36-year-old actor wasn't happy with what he was making on the Fox show and thought he could improve his position as the victim of a hate crime, reports CBS News. The first step taken by Smollett, who is black and gay, was to send himself a threatening, anonymous letter, says Johnson. When that failed to do much, Smollett concocted the idea of having two men attack him in downtown Chicago, say police. He allegedly enlisted two acquaintances, a pair of Nigerian brothers, who've cooperated with police.