Chicago Police are now reporting that their evidence indicates that Empire star, Jussie Smollett, orchestrated his own attack. Smollett filed a false police report stating that he was a victim of a hate crime while walking near his home. He claimed in the early morning hours, he was on the phone with his manager when two masked men attacked him, pour a bleachlike substance in his face, placed a noose around his neck and shouted pro-Trump, racist, homophobic slurs at him.
Many people doubted this attack from the initial description. I did not. I’ve been a fan of Jussie Smollet for years. I have watched his rise to fame. I’ve watched him on Empire. I have listened to his music. I’ve heard him talk lovingly about his large family in interviews. His middle name is Langston and he played Langston Hughes in the biopic about Thurgood Marshall a few years ago. He championed the NAACP. After coming out publicly rather late in life, he quickly began working with an LGBT charity.
Every single person that talks about Jussie Smollett says he is a loving wonderful guy. He was a pleasure to work with. He says about himself that he is focused on love.
So many major celebrities were supporting him after he claimed to be a victim. I just could not believe the people doubting this, Who would make this up? If Jussie Smollett were making this up, it would end his career. It goes against absolutely everything we believed him to be.
I’m not a superfan of anyone, but I had a very high regard for Jussie Smollett. Every interviewer loves him. I believe I just saw him on Live with Kelly & Ryan. They fawned over him in a way that was different. It was about him as a person before it was about his acting and singing.
I had trouble figuring out how to put up a new post just now. My mind is so occupied trying to come to terms with this situation. I know it is not about me, but it makes me question my own judgement of other people’s motives. I already have deep trust issues. Things like this do not help that anxiety. It makes it harder to quiet the voices that say you can’t trust ANYONE.
I was excited yesterday when the police said they had two suspects in the attacks yesterday. Finally, the doubters would be silenced. And then I heard they were Nigerian. I almost posted about it in comments of the original post yesterday. I didn’t want to give the doubters a place to discuss it. Several times throughout the day I thought, “Wait two Nigerian guys were hurling epithets used against black people? Two Nigerian guys were yelling MAGA County (in a blue state)? I decided to wait because there must be some explanation. Because WHY WOULD Jussie Smollett DO THIS? WHAT WAS HIS MOTIVE? WHAT DID HE THINK HE WOULD GAIN?
I was quite upset when I heard of the attack. I am particularly sensitive to LGBT hate crimes. Adding in the lynching and the rope? It was very upsetting. I am more devastated that it appears to be a hoax.
I wonder if he can live with himself now. The damage he has done to the black community, the LGBT community and all victims who have the courage to file police reports is irreparable. I literally wonder if he has the ability to live with himself. If he will keep himself alive. His career is over. He will never work again. No one around him will trust him. His celebrity support will disappear. He will lose his role on Empire. Literally everything will be taken from him. As it should be. I never want to see his face again.
UPDATE 2/17 at 4:40 pm VIA TMZ
A grand jury will hear the Jussie Smollett case early next week … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Law enforcement sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ, the 2 brothers who were arrested and then released are staying somewhere around the Loop in downtown Chicago under the watchful eye of police so no one gets to them. We’re told cops especially want to make sure Jussie does not contact the brothers.
We’re told when police raided the home of the 2 brothers they found magazines with pages torn out, and authorities are now trying to determine if the missing pages are connected to the threatening letter that was sent to Jussie 8 days before the alleged attack.
Our sources say early on they asked Jussie if he’d sign complaints against the 2 men who attacked him and he was clear that he would. But, when he found out the 2 brothers were the ones in custody we’re told he said he knew them, felt bad for them and declined to sign the complaints.
Our sources say although cops believe the brothers purchased the rope that was around Jussie’s neck after the incident, there is no surveillance video at the hardware store because it erases after a week.
We’re told the way they tracked the 2 brothers down was by their movements in arriving and leaving the scene around Jussie’s apartment building. As we reported, they left in either a cab or an Uber, but we’re told cops tracked the vehicle and the 2 brothers got out on their way home and into another vehicle. As one source put it, “It was almost like a bad spy movie.”
The sources say there were red flags from the get-go. Cops were extremely suspiciouswhen Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera.
And, there’s this. We’re told investigators didn’t believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed, “This is MAGA country,” because, “Not a single Trump supporter watches ‘Empire.'”
And, a few loose ends … we’re told when cops picked up the 2 brothers at O’Hare Airport, police were armed with 3 warrants for each man, one of which was to seize their phones.
We’re also told there is no video of a “rehearsal” of the attack in the street.
Jussie and his lawyer have vehemently denied the attack was staged, maintaining this was a hate crime.