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Twitter responds to Jussie Smollett’s arrest after faking his own hate crime

Actor Jussie Smollett turned himself into police this morning after a grand jury determined he faked his own hate crime in Chicago last month.

During a press conference earlier this morning, Chicago Police confirmed that Smollett turned himself in at around 5 am Thursday morning. He faces a Class 4 felony charge, which carries a punishment of up to 3 years in prison, for disorderly conduct in falsifying a police report. A bond hearing is scheduled for later today.

Police say Smollett paid two men $3500 (by check!) to stage an attack against him because “he was dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire. Evidently, the $20,000 per episode he receives wasn’t enough for the 36-year-old actor.

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“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at the press conference. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”

Meanwhile, Smollett’s attorneys issued a statement reminding everyone that he is innocent until proven guilty.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” the statement said.

And now, the tweets…

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