Jussie Smollett paid $3,500 to stage his attack, hoping to promote his career, police allege

Chicago (CNN)Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday. The “Empire” actor was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false report about the January 29 incident and appeared in court in the afternoon. He paid a bond later and was released. Smollett then went to work on the “Empire” set to shoot some scenes, CNN contributor Nichelle Turner said. The company behind “Empire,” 20th Century Fox Television, has previously backed the actor. On Thursday, it said it was “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” Rush to judgment in the …