Americans were stunned earlier this week when initial reports circulated that an actor was attacked, insulted with homophobic slurs, doused with an unknown substance, and forced to wear a noose around his neck. The horrific details were covered by multiple news sites.
According to CBS, Actor Jussie Smollett from the show “Empire” alleged he was “attacked” by men who were Trump supporters….in the middle of the night…in the frigid temperatures of Chicago….
I’m sorry, but something about this just didn’t seem right from the very start.
Do people REALLY believe that a group of Trump supporters were walking around in the Sub-zero midwest temperatures just waiting for a “gay guy” to attack?
However, as expected, the media united in their support for the actor even though there was NO evidence of many of his claims:
An example from NBC:
“He is a victim, and we treat him like a victim. He’s been very cooperative,” Johnson said. “We are making gains in the investigation and hopefully we’ll bring it to a successful resolution soon.”
However, some doubts started to surface after video footage of the actual event was proving difficult to find.
From the Associated Press:
Detectives have recovered more surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking in downtown Chicago before and after he says he was attacked by two masked men, including video of him arriving home with a rope around his neck, but they’re still searching for footage of the attack, a police spokesman said Thursday.
The video from a surveillance camera at Smollett’s apartment building showing him arrive home with a rope around his neck is part of a larger effort to obtain as much footage as possible of his walk from a Subway restaurant to his apartment at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives, who are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, have pieced together more footage from the hundreds of public and private surveillance cameras in that area of downtown Chicago, which is home to many high-end hotels and restaurants. But they still haven’t found video of the attack or the men who match Smollett’s description of the suspects, he said.
Still more doubts surfaced after it was reported that the victim’s story seemed to change to include that the attackers told him that the area where he was attacked was “MAGA country.” Also suspicious was that the actor apparently had a phone conversation with his manager near the time of the event but they are refusing to turn over their phone records.
This from the Daily Caller:
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and his music manager are not handing over phone records of a conversation that occurred Tuesday morning during an alleged attack.
“Update on the ‘Empire’ Smollett case: The victim and his manager reported that they were talking on their cell phones to each other but CPD has been unable to independently verify this because they refused to turn over their cell phones,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a Thursday statement obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
TMZ reported Tuesday the attackers were white men wearing ski masks who poured bleach on Smollett and screamed “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country.” Smollett reportedly had a fractured rib as well.
Police said the actor did not initially disclose the “MAGA country” comment, but confirmed it in a second interview.
More to come on this story as the events unfold.