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Judge sets Jussie Smollett’s bail at $100,000

A judge set “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s bail at $100,000 on Thursday after he was charged with filing a false report and disorderly conduct in Chicago.

Judge John Lyke also required Smollett to surrender his passport and have no contact with the two men that police allege he paid to stage an attack, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

{mosads}The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Smollett on Wednesday after police said he paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack against him. Thursday was Smollett’s first appearance in court. 

Smollett originally told police that two men beat him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs as well as saying pro-Trump phrases and that they tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. The alleged attack was being investigated as a possible hate crime. 

Smollett’s attorneys said in a statement Wednesday after the charges were announced that their client should be presumed innocent.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” they said. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Chicago police said Thursday that Smollett staged the attack to advance his career. 

“This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. “So he concocted a story about being attacked.”

President Trump sharply condemned Smollett after Chicago police detailed the charges:

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