Jussie Smollett responds to accusations that he faked hate crime

Jussie Smollett continues to hold the headlines this week for everything from his high-profile mugshot to his alleged hate-crime victimization. Although his alleged attackers are looking pretty guilty — nine men were arrested on…

Jussie Smollett responds to accusations that he faked hate crime

Jussie Smollett continues to hold the headlines this week for everything from his high-profile mugshot to his alleged hate-crime victimization. Although his alleged attackers are looking pretty guilty — nine men were arrested on Thursday night, accused of filing a false police report in order to capitalize on Smollett’s purported attack and abet profit — the 33-year-old actor is confident that the story will one day hit the books and prove to be his, and not someone else’s.

Appearing on Good Morning America and ABC News Radio this morning to discuss the case, Smollett vehemently denied all claims against him. He called the suspects “jealous” and the Chicago Police “bullies” for putting his life in danger and blamed those who accused him of fabricating the attack on hate.

“This isn’t about race, this isn’t about homophobia, this isn’t about anything but money,” Smollett said. “They’re trying to break me for money.”

Smollett said that despite the allegations that he has lied about the attack to generate publicity for his career, he wasn’t concerned with those who questioned the motive behind his actions. “I don’t care about those who think I’m a liar or do not believe me,” he said. “I care about the people who do care about me. They’re the ones who need the truth.”

Read the full story at ABC News.

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