(Chicago, IL-AP) — Federal investigators are reportedly investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had something to do with a threatening letter he received on the Chicago set of the hit show. ABC News reports that the letter is being examined at an FBI crime lab.
The letter was sent not long before Smollett claimed he was attacked in Chicago by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him. However, since then there have been reports that Smollett may have staged the attack by paying two brothers to carry it out.
(Chicago, IL) – Jussie Smollett appeared on Good American with Robin Roberts declaring that the men caught on the only surveillance submitted to the public were indeed his attackers. Rational thinking people questioned…how does he know that? They reportedly had masks on. How does he know for sure?
Facts that we knew about the case: Jussie was caught on video in a nearby store. Two men were caught walking on camera too.
Other facts: Attack was not caught on camera but the two men featured on surveillance video were soon identified as two Nigerian brothers who were friends of Jussie’s and one was an extra on Empire.
Jussie initially claimed the two men were white and shouted racial slurs and this is MAGA country as they beat and kicked him.
As Jussie defiantly told Robin Roberts, “I fought the F***k back.” Now, one goes from support to anger as this appears to be developing into one big farce. Celebrities are known to stage publicity stunts but this one ……..was one of those that never quite added up.
Chicago PD released Abel and Ola late Friday night due to “new evidence” gathered from their interrogation … and said they’re no longer suspects.
The brothers’ lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, says her clients were released based on the key info they gave the cops … and they have a story to tell “when the time is right.”
That story appears to be that they were hired by Jussie to attack him and the whole situation was staged. Rumors have it that Jussie is being written off of Empire. Even though studio reps denied it……there may be some truth to it! Reportedly, Jussie has hired a criminal defense attorney. Not a good look!
(Chicago, IL-AP) — Police in Chicago are releasing images of two people possibly connected to the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett. The pictures come from a surveillance camera near the scene of the attack. Finally, it looks like the investigation is intensifying.
The released images show two shadowy figures, but it’s tough to make out any defining features about them. Police are calling them persons of interest who they want to question. Smollett claims his attackers yelled homophobic and racist slurs at him as they beat him early Tuesday morning.
(SL) – A Chinese woman gets out of her car during a family quarrel in the middle of a safari and the results are deadly. Reportedly, a tiger mauled her mom to death while trying to save the tiger attacked her and dragged her away .
(SL) – A South Florida woman is hospitalized in a coma after she was allegedly attacked by a roommate she recently found on Craigslist.
Court records show 35-year-old Byron Mitchell is jailed on attempted murder charges in the Valentine’s Day attack on 23-year-old Danielle Jones. Mitchell has entered a written not guilty plea.
According to a Miami police report, Mitchell claims it was self-defense and that Jones came at him with a knife. Jones suffered numerous slashes and bruises.
Authorities say Mitchell had recently moved into Jones’ downtown Miami apartment after she found him on the Craigslist roommate listings.
Jones’ family has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical and other expenses. You can donate here: www.gofundme.com/6jpyggsc.