“Empire” actor Jussie Smollet’s bond was set at $100,000 on Thursday after the actor was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29, during the Chicago “Polar Vortex.”
The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” before fleeing.
Following three weeks inconsistencies and mounting suspicions, Smollett, was finally charged this morning. He is accused of filing a false police report, and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday.
“As you stand before me we presume you’re innocent but the state read me a proper that is outrageous. If true, the noose conjures up [the] greatest evil in this country,” the judge told Smollett.
Smollett denied all charges against him while his attorney argued in court the actor has a “history of giving to charity and philanthropy.”
Following the announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
Several other right-wing commentators denounced the actor’s actions, and wondered if Democratic politicians, like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, would retract their initial support of Smollett.
Piers Morgan, weighed in on Smollett saying the actors actions deserve, “no mercy, no sympathy.”
*NEW: Jussie Smollett's greed, hatred for Trump & craving to be a celebrated 'victim' made him fake a racial, homophobic attack.
He deserves no mercy, no sympathy, just our fury.
My column: https://t.co/Dh3wpC4lu0 pic.twitter.com/pGSjG3ChTX
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 21, 2019
Andy Cohen, just couldn’t take it this morning.
My head is exploding this morning. I have to get off Twitter. This story is pathetic. All of it.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 21, 2019
Ice Cubes son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. had some strong words for the actor as well:
What upsets me about this Jussie situation is that people were genuinely worried about you man. And the things that you said happened could have led to some serious outcomes. People were prepared to fight for you bruh. Things coulda got ugly…… and you made it up.
— O'Shea Jackson Jr #C-137 (@OsheaJacksonJr) February 21, 2019
If convicted he faces up to 3-years in prison.