Prosecutors at Jussie Smollett’s bond hearing on Thursday revealed more details about how the “Empire” actor allegedly deceived investigators in claiming that he was the victim of a violent hate crime.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors at the hearing claimed that Smollett had intentionally misled investigators to believe that his “primary attacker” was white, according to the report. The prosecutors reportedly said that Smollett told police he could not make out the face of the man who attacked him, because he was a wearing a face mask, but that he could see his complexion, and that he had white skin.
The two brothers Smollett is now suspected of paying to help stage a hoax hate crime on January 29 in Chicago are black.
The report additionally states that prosecutors claim Smollett provided detailed direction to the two brothers believed to be part of the hoax. Smollett allegedly came up with the idea to have his purported assailants tie a simulated noose around his neck, and shout phrases including “MAGA country.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Smollett is believed to have paid the two brothers $3,500 to participate, with an additional $500 upon their return to the U.S. from a trip to Nigeria. Instead, the brothers were met by authorities at the airport. Chicago police said at a news conference Thursday morning that authorities are in possession of the check Smollett used to pay them the $3,500.
Smollett, 36, can be released from custody if he pays $10,000 of $100,000 deposit bond. He is also required to surrender his passport.