(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) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett is answering questions about being the victim of a hate crime attack for the first time on camera. In an interview with Good Morning America airing today, Smollett said he’s angry at the attackers, but also the attacks. He said he was surprised that people doubted he was telling the truth.
The openly gay African American actor said that he believes the two men in a photo released by Chicago police are the men who attacked him. The interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts is Smollett’s first since the attack.
Chicago police are interviewing two persons of interest in connection to the attack on Chicago P-D says it made contact with two possible suspects, but have not taken them into custody.
Their identities are not yet being revealed. He claims two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach. Authorities have not been able to find any surveillance video of the attack, but say the investigation is ongoing.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — Representatives for Empire actor Jussie Smollett are responding to comments made about the investigation into his alleged attack in Chicago last month. Chicago police released a statement this week saying the phone records that the actor turned over were insufficient for a criminal investigation.
A spokesman for Smollett released a statement yesterday, saying he is still working closely with the Chicago PD. He added that the police department has repeatedly said they find Jussie’s account of what happened consistent and credible and that he is a victim of a crime.
There are also reports that more surveillance video has surfaced.
(West Hollywood, CA-AP) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett says he’s not fully healed yet after what he says was a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago.
In his first public appearance since he was jumped Tuesday by two men yelling slurs, Smollett told the crowd at the Troubadour in West Hollywood that he fought back against his attackers, that he couldn’t let them win.
He went on to say that he’s going to stand strong. Smollett told police he was attacked by men yelling slurs, who poured a chemical on him and tied a rope around his neck. The attack is under investigation by the Chicago police and the FBI.
(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.