"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah weighed in on the Jussie Smollett saga following reports that the "Empire" actor was arrested on Thursday in Chicago and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
Smollett's arrest comes three weeks after the 36-year-old American actor and singer claimed that he was assaulted in a racist and homophobic hate crime. Police investigations, however, soon uncovered holes in Smollett's story, and have reportedly linked him to the two Nigerian brothers accused of the attack.
According to Chicago police, Smollett was in regular communication with the pair, and paid them $3500 (about R49 000) to attack him. It is believed that Smollett staged the attack over a salary grievance and to boost his career.
During a recent episode of the late-night show, Noah branded Smollett an a**hole for using hate crime for trivial reasons.