Chicago PD Superintendent to Robin Roberts: ‘A Lot More Evidence’ Shows Jussie Smollett’s Assault Claim Is False
On Monday, ABC’s Robin Roberts followed up her Good Morning America interview with Jussie Smollett by speaking to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson about the Empire actor’s legal troubles.
Johnson drew major headlines last week when he denounced Smollett in a press conference and accused him making up a hate crime against himself. As Johnson explained the details of the case and the investigative process that was applied to Smollet’s supposed assault, he doubled down on his assessment and said there’s more evidence out there to suggest the actor’s story was fabricated.
“There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet and does not support the version he gave,” said Johnson. “There’s still a lot of physical evidence, video evidence, and testimony that just simply does not support his version of what happened.”
At one point in the interview, Roberts prompted Johnson to elaborate on the passion and frustration he expressed during his press conference. The superintendent said his anger was based in the notion that Smollett was using racism for personal gain, and that it was a “damaging thing” he did by falsifying the issue when the Chicago PD has real race issues to work on.
“I hope people don’t judge other folks that are victims of these types of crime. This is just one particular incident, and that’s the damaging part of it. You damage a city’s reputation where we don’t need help with that. There are real victims of crimes of that nature, hate crimes, and I just hope that people don’t treat them with skepticism.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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