Jussie Smollett judge calls alleged hate crime hoax ‘despicable’

A Chicago judge has branded reports reports Jussie Smollett faked a homophobic and racist attack "despicable".

The 36-year-old Empire star has been charged with filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a brutal attack.

Now, judge John Fitzgerald Lyke, who is also black, has claimed that allegations against him are "utterly outrageous," and "vile" if true.

He pointed out that the use of a noose in Jussie’s description of the attack is the most disturbing part.

"That symbol conjures up such evil in this country’s history," Chicago Tribune report the judge said.

Judge Lyke’s comments were made during a court appearance on Thursday, where police accused the actor of staging the attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary".

They went on to suggest that he may have paid two brothers to stage the attack on him, and even tried to get it all on camera.

Addressing the shocking claims, the actor’s lawyers slammed the accusation as nothing more than an "organised law enforcement spectacle," describing Jussie as "a young man of impeccable character".

Speaking hours ahead of the court hearing , superintendent Eddie Johnson said: "I wish the families of gun crime victims got the same attention as this case has."

He went on to allege Smollett paid £2,680 to choreograph a "publicity stunt" to "further his career".

Johnson added that they initially treated the telly star as the victim of a race hate crime, and they were furious when the nature of the case changed.

He explained: "We treated him like a victim and gave him the benfit of the doubt.

"When we found out  the real motive, it p****d everyone off… we believe Mr Smollett wanted it on camera."

Emmy award-winning producer Brendon Geoffrion, later tweeted: "FOX has no comment regarding the indictment of Jussie Smollett."

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