Chicago police say actor Jussie Smollett staged a fake hate crime on himself in order to boost his career. Smollett, who is black and gay, reported to police that two people shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him, beat him, threw bleach at him, and put a noose around his neck. Smollett’s story received immediate media attention, and support poured in. Detectives, however, found evidence Smollett had staged the incident with two friends. A grand jury charged Smollett with falsifying a police report, a crime punishable with up to three years in prison. The actor claims innocence.