"I'm offended by what happened and I'm angry", Johnson said.
Smollett originally claimed he was attacked in Chicago around 2 a.m. on January 29, in freezing temperatures by two white men who shouted slurs at him and said "this is MAGA country", an apparent reference to Trump's slogan "Make American Great Again". Johnson explained that after the letter -which contained racist and homophobic threats, as well as a white powder that was later determined to be aspirin - didn't get the attention Smollett was seeking, he made a decision to stage an attack. The rapper shared a post on Instagram of Smollett's face photoshopped into Tupac's All Eyez On Me album art with the caption, "All Liez On Me".
'Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose to make false accusations?
Dershowitz Calls Covington-WaPo Suit 'Reasonable'
One part of the suit mentions the independent investigation paid for by the Covington diocese that came out last week. Sandmann insisted he wasn't smirking and that he was trying to defuse the situation with a smile.
Johnson determined that Smollett's recent behavior was motivated "because he was dissatisfied with his salary" on Empire.
"He did harm to every legitimate victim who's in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city".
Tom Ahern, Deputy Director of News Affairs and Communications for the Chicago police, added on Twitter, "Chicago Police Detectives take #Empire actor #JussieSmollett into custody to face Class 4 Felony charge (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison) for Disorderly Conduct in Falsifying Police report".
In addition, new surveillance video surfaced Wednesday of the two brothers implicated in the alleged attack against Smollett - and it appears to corroborate their story that the actor actually paid them to pull off it off.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85
In his trademark black suit, white shirt, dark sunglasses and powdered ponytail, he pioneered the concept of a personal brand. In addition to his famed fashion designs, he was also well known as a photographer and video director.
Smollett was arrested today under suspicion that he filed a false police report by faking a politically-charged hate crime against himself. A bond hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm in Cook County Criminal Court.
On Wednesday his lawyers said they would "mount an aggressive defence".
They are now considered witnesses in the attack and testified for a grand jury before Smollett's arrest, police said.
This week, after it was revealed Fox had cut Smollett's scenes down in an upcoming Empire episode, the network again stood by its star.
Prince Salman arrives in Asia seeking deals
Pakistan's Foreign Office and Saudi Arabia's government did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. During his visit, Muhammad bin Salman will also meet Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.