|Chicago Police Dept.
This past week was FULL of celebrity news.
I didn't even know where to start nor did I know how to even tackle this.
But let's start with Jussie Smollett.
Late last month, the Empire actor claimed he was beaten by two men wearing MAGA hats while they yelled racial and homophobic remarks at the actors... then poured a strange liquid on him and tied a noose around his neck.
Well, fast forward to this past week.
Chicago police say Smollett fabricated the entire thing.
He paid an extra in Empire along with his brother $3500 with.a.check (yes, he had a paper trail). Surveillance video also surfaced of the two men buying the rope from the local hardware store.
Also, the two men told the cops.
Police say Smollett did this because he was dissatisfied with his salary on Empire.
Smollett eventually made bail, then rushed to the set of the Fox hit, to convince his costars he was telling the truth.
Welp, the executive producers of the show say Smollett will NOT be appearing in the final two episodes of the next season.
TMZ says Smollett hired one of the brothers to help him get in shape for an upcoming music video. Though that doesn't prove he didn't do it, it could provide reasonable doubt in court.
This was so mind-blowing to me because so many Hollywood heavyweights rallied around Smollett... only to be hoodwinked.
I'm sure in less than a year Smollett will be on a VH1 reality show about needing some kind of rehab or he'll do a special with Iyanla or Dr. Drew. #bet.