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Chicago Police Superintendent on Smollett attack: It was a "hoax"

Jussie Smollett turned himself into police on Thursday morning.
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Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to police and is now considered a suspect in the alleged hate crime he reported late last month.

In that crime, Smollett said two men assaulted him early in the morning, called him racial slurs and homophobic epithets. But it seems, according to the Chicago Police Department Smollett orchestrated the whole thing

Initially, a letter sent to Smollett seemed to indicate that he was a target of a perceived threat. But that turns out to have also been a plan in the plot. 

"When that (letter) didn't work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago's reputation through the mud in the process," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a presser on Thursday. "And why? The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked."

Chicago police say that Smollett was treated as a victim until police learned more details.

The two men who were arrested as suspects in the attack appeared before the grand jury and were released.

Smollet turned himself in early Thursday morning.

Smollett faces a felony charge if found guilty and could serve up to three years in prison. The actor will appear before a judge for a bond hearing later on Thursday.