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Actor Jussie Smollett paid two men $3,500 to stage an assault he says was racist and homophobic because he was unhappy with his "Empire" salary, police said Thursday.
What they're saying: "[He] took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to advance his career," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said at a news conference.
Johnson said Smollett came up with the stunt for publicity one week after writing himself a threatening letter.
- “I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention,” Johnson said.