His claims began to unravel when Chicago police detained two Nigerian brothers on suspicion of assaulting Smollett and discovered that one of them was the actor's personal trainer.
Prosecutors say he staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary.
Jussie has continued to say that he is innocent of the allegations and his attorneys put out a statement that they will defend their client aggressively.
Cops culled footage from about 35 Chicago police "pod" cameras in the Streeterville neighborhood where Smollett lives and where the attack took place on January 29, as well from more than 20 private cameras, including the hidden gadgets.
Smollett was arrested just one day after federal authorities released evidence of the kind of grave threat that really does exist. In a statement obtained by Fox News, the 36-year-old Smollett's legal counsel said the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system". It's not hard to see why, to some, Smollett's story might have seemed plausible.
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Trump initially described the alleged attack on Smollett as "horrible". "Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing". Smollett is now charged with a felony and had to surrender his passport and post bond to get out of jail.
Smollett, who was given the presumption of being a victim until the latter stages of the investigation, is now the third person arrested in the case. (Those figures surely minimize the real problem, since many jurisdictions do not report hate crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at all.) Regarding incidents in 2017 in which victims were targeted because of race, 2,013 attacks were against African-Americans versus 741 against whites.
"I am offended by what's happened and I'm also angry", Johnson said. "Plus the network said this week he was a "consummate professional" - they had no issues on set", she tweeted.
"So after putting the Chicago Police through hell by diverting precious resources from deadly serious REAL crimes, this jagoff is now going to put the courts, the police, and the City of Chicago through yet another self-serving circus", the actor tweeted.
Gillibrand had previously called the attack "sickening" and "outrageous", posting on Twitter last month that "it's the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color". His next hearing is scheduled for March 14. Police say scratches on Smollett's face were likely self-inflicted.