According to a new statement from Empire star Jussie Smollett released Thursday, he is blaming a mayoral race in Chicago for the unfair treatment he says he is receiving from the Chicago police and law enforcement officials.
"Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system," the statement read.
Smollett appeared in court Thursday on felony charges that he filed a false police report in a case that has been debated nationwide for weeks.
He has denied accusations that he was involved in orchestrating the attack he reported since the beginning.
The pair are now cooperating with police and accusing Smollett of orchestrating the attack as a hate crime.