Jussie Smollett keeps his head down as he leaves court on bail amid claims he staged attack

Jussie Smollett keeps his head down as he leaves court on bail amid claims he staged attack

Jussie Smollet kept his head down as he left court (Picture: AP)Jussie Smollett has been released on bail after being accused of orchestrating the ‘racist and homophobic’ attack on him, last month.
The Empire actor was seen leaving a court in Chicago, while clutching on to a security guard, amid a sea of reporters and photographers.
He kept his head down as he made his way into a waiting SUV following a bond hearing, with his bail being set at $100,000 (£77k).

Jussie has been accused of staging his attack last month (Picture: AP)Per the conditions of his bail, the 36-year-old must also surrender his passport and return to court on 16 March, and has been ordered to have no contact with Ola and Abel Osundairo, who he allegedly hired to carry out the attack.
He has denied all allegations against him.
Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report and disorderly conduct, after claiming two men attacked him in January, beating him up before tying a noose around his neck and hurling racist and homophobic abuse.
Officials have since claimed he staged the whole thing, hiring the Osundairo brothers to carry out the ‘attack’.
Text messages shown in court, allegedly sent between Smollett and the two men, detail how the actor reportedly gave them $100 (£76) to buy supplies.

Jussie was released on $100,000 bail (Picture: AP)Prosecutors detailed how the Jamal Lyon star allegedly scheduled the attack for 10pm instead of 2am but his flight into O’hare Airport was delayed by four hours.
The state say they corroborated this with a call placed at 12:49am between Smollett and the two men.
It’s said that surveillance footage captured the Osundairo brothers arriving at the scheduled time for the incident but waited on a nearby bench when Smollett was four minutes late.
The ‘staged’ attack reportedly lasted around 45 seconds.
He also reportedly sent a racist and homophobic letter, addressed to himself, to the Fox Studio where Empire is filmed.

Jussie has denied all allegations against him (Picture: WireImage)At a press conference following his arrest, police chiefs slammed the actor for being untruthful about the incident and allegedly handing the men a cheque for $3,500 (£2,684) to orchestrate the attack – with the cheque currently in evidence.
The spokesperson said: ‘Before I get started on why we’re here. I just wish the families of gun crime got this much attention.
‘This morning I come to you as a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago. I know the racial divide and how hard it’s been for our city.
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‘Jussie took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose to make false accusations? How could anyone look at the pain and symbol of that symbol and use it to further his own empire?
‘He turned around and slapped everyone in the face with these false claims. Bogus police reports do real harm to victims who need support.’
They added: ‘He sent a false letter that used racial, homophobic and political language. He paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud.
‘Smollett was dissatisfied by his Empire salary so he concocted a story about being attacked.’

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