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    The ‘Empire’ actor is being accused of orchestrating his own attack.

    It’s been nearly three weeks since actor and singer Jussie Smollett came forward saying he was likely the victim of a hate crime in an attack that briefly left him hospitalized. But now rumors are starting to surface that call Smollett’s story into question, fueling a firestorm of outrage and confusion over what to believe and how to feel about the case.

    Smollett, who is black and gay, plays a queer character in the FOX drama Empire. News of his story was met with an almost immediate outpouring of support from Smollett’s colleagues and the LGBTQ community at large. Empire co-creator Danny Strong, for example, condemned the attack and tweeted his support of Smollett.

    Chicago police made clear from the outset that they were treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Media reports followed every development in the unexpected case of a celebrity who claimed to be a victim of targeted violence and hate.


    But in the weeks since Smollett’s story first made headlines, the narrative has taken a number of twists and turns — from assumed tragedy to suspected hoax. Several reports, citing unnamed sources, suggest that police are investigating whether Smollett helped orchestrate his own attack.

    Though much of what happened on that January night is still unclear — or perhaps because it’s unclear — the story has activated virtually every lightning rod issue dividing America today, from racism and homophobia to the distrust in media and politically motivated attacks. Here’s what we know so far.

    Police initially detained two suspects — only to release them Friday when the investigation’s trajectory “shifted”
    Smollett says he was attacked on Jan. 29 by two masked men at the entrance of the Loews hotel in Chicago. He claims they yelled racist and homophobic remarks — making references to his show Empire and President Donald Trump’s signature slogan, Make America Great Again. Smollett says one attacker tied a noose around his neck and poured a substance on him that he believed was bleach, then the two fled.

    Police were unable to find surveillance video of the attack even though it was in a heavily trafficked area with plenty of cameras nearby. They did, however, release images from surveillance video a day after the incident that showed two shadowed people walking down a sidewalk. Authorities wanted to take them in for questioning.

    On Wednesday, police arrested two Nigerian men, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, brothers who were later found to have known Smollett prior to the incident. Their lawyer says one of them had worked as an extra on the set of Empire; Smollett’s lawyer says another was his personal trainer for a brief stint, though neither attorney specified which brother served which role, or whether they were both talking about the same person.

    Police raided their homes in search of the liquid suspected of being poured on Smollett. They recovered Empire scripts, a phone, and a black mask.

    Until Friday, the brothers were being treated by authorities as “persons of interest.” But by that afternoon, the narrative had turned. Police released them both, saying new evidence has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”

    Mostly unnamed sources are driving rumors of a hoax. Smollett has since lawyered up.
    Rumors began circulating earlier this week that Smollett was somehow involved in his own attack, and that he may have even orchestrated it all. By Saturday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said they were looking to re-interview Smollett. (Though authorities still haven’t indicated why.)

    Initially, local media outlets were primarily the ones driving the story. According to CBS Chicago, two unnamed sources with “intimate knowledge of the investigation” said Smollett was potentially behind the attack and had involved the two brothers. ABC7 ran another story, again with unnamed sources who claimed that police were investigating whether the attack was staged “allegedly because Smollett was being written off of ‘Empire.’” More unnamed sources told CBS News that the Osundairos told investigators that Smollett had paid them off. The brothers claimed to have purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a nearby hardware store.

    Guglielmi, the Chicago police spokesperson, pushed back on the reports, tweeting on Thursday that the reports of a hoax were unconfirmed by detectives and that the ABC7 sources in particular “are uninformed and inaccurate.”


    In his first televised interview since first reporting his alleged attack, Smollett on Thursday told ABC host Robin Roberts he was “pissed off” that critics doubted his story.

    Stories soon surfaced that Smollett had hired a high-profile defense attorney Michael D. Monico, who is most well-known for representing Michael Cohen, but those reports appear to have been premature. Instead, Smollett is being represented by Chicago defense attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson. On Saturday they released a statement saying Smollett is “angered and devastated” to find that he knows the alleged perpetrators in the case.

    ”He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” the statement continued.

    The rumors feed into a conservative conspiracy around media bias
    Underpinning all of the twists in Smollett’s story is his suggestion from Day One that his alleged assailants supported Trump. The actor said in his statement to police that his masked attacker told him, “This is MAGA country,” along with racist and homophobic remarks. He later had to push back on reports that they were wearing MAGA hats while pinning him down.

    “They called me a f****t, they called me a n****r. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on some racist sundae,” Smollett said in his interview with Roberts on Thursday.

    So once rumors began to surface suggesting that Smollett manufactured his attack, conservative media and pundits quickly pointed to his story as evidence of a broad conspiracy aimed at vilifying Trump supporters. As conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp noted over the weekend, Trumpers were “giddy” in their reaction to reports speculating of a hoax. And it’s clear from the responses to Cupp’s tweet that Smollett’s critics saw the new developments as validation that Trump supporters — not minorities, LGBTQ individuals, or other disadvantaged groups — are the people who are actually being persecuted.


    It’s very similar to the “validation” seen last month after the Covington Catholic School teens were dragged online for seeming to harass Native American elders. Once it became clear there was more to the story, conservative media quickly coalesced behind the students, saying they were the real victims in this case: victims of liberals’ instinctive dismissal of anyone wearing a MAGA baseball cap.

    As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp wrote at the time, the Covington drama became something of a Rorschach test, with “each side seeing what it wants to in a way that’s more revealing about their own worldviews than the actual incident.” For the right, it revealed several of their “core animating assumptions”:

    From their point of view, the liberal reaction to the video, and not the footage itself, was the biggest problem. It reveals a culture where white men are acceptable targets of hate who deserve no sympathy and no due process, and where the left-wing mob wields tremendous power through its command of the public sphere.

    That view connects to a broader assumption shared by many conservatives: that white Christian men are a persecuted minority in modern America.

    Then, as with now, the ensuing backlash to the initial news reports also ignited anti-media sentiment among conservatives. Even though most coverage of the actor’s attack directly reflected police statements, and it was clear the investigation was ongoing, the developing narrative is being taken as a sign that journalists blindly accept any stories with a careless regard for the facts — particularly those stories that support liberal ideals.

    In both the Covington and Smollett cases, liberals were quick to immediately condemn what was, on first glance, unacceptable behavior. In the latter case, even President Trump, who is often criticized for taking his time before commenting on cases where the victims are minorities or from disadvantaged groups, denounced Smollet’s alleged attack as “horrible.”

    “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned,” he said from the Oval Office days after news broke.

    No matter how the facts shake out — for all the speculation, police are still not calling Smollet a “suspect” — the case now hits at the core identity that Trump shares with his supporters, perpetuating a dangerous world-view that the media is corrupt and the stories of racism and bigotry are better off not being believed.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox...aims-explained
    http://https://www.google.com/url?sa...cTzIXwlzUcvKom

    This is such a crazy story!! Thoughts?
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  • #2
    ...I don't see the point of staging such an attack?
    I honestly don't know what to think.
    But now, even if it's real, there will always be doubt so...
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    • #3
      I read this yesterday and was out of words. If he did orchestrate this attack, whether for individual promotion or for whatever reason, it really is a disaster for true victims.

      But let's wait for more evidence
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      • #4
        I don't believe it for a second that he staged it. Makes Zero sense and far as I can see all those theories are assumptions because they haven't found the perpetrators yet. No official Police statement, nothing
        If someone ever lies about that though they deserve to go to prison
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        • #5
          " It reveals a culture where white men are acceptable targets of hate who deserve no sympathy and no due process." This dumb statement though
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          • #6
            team Jussie. This rumour is probably fueled by homophobes.
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            • #7
              TEAM JUSSIE

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BeeBoy View Post
                " It reveals a culture where white men are acceptable targets of hate who deserve no sympathy and no due process." This dumb statement though
                It's trying to spin racism and make white straight (men) victims. how convinient!

                However if this is true, he's a disgrace and a sell out probably? It's extremely harmful to the movement and only serves homophobia and racism.

                Let's see how this will unfold.
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                • #9
                  Lock her up!
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                  • #10
                    Electric chair.

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                    • #11
                      I'm honestly not sure what to believe. I want to believe him but a lot of the facts don't add up. Not to mention the fact the suspects arrested where the opposite of the white men he described.

                      I'm gonna believe him until there is proper proof of him faking it. If he has, then thats a career ruiner
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                      • #12
                        Staging a robbery like Kim Kardashian did, sure. But staging an attack that left him hospitalized? No way.
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                        • #13
                          It didn't leave him hospitalised though
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                          • #14
                            Wow so many gullible people in this thread. These aren't just rumours at this point, it's all but confirmed. None of Jussie's story adds up....at all! The guys that were arrested were black (not white MAGA supporters)....they were also friends of Jussie...he follows one of them on Instagram...and STILL follows...and yet they've gone on record and said that Jussie paid them to stage the attack! They handed in their phones and there is even a discussion between them and Jussie talking about an "attack" BEFORE it happened. Not to mention the fact that Jussie doesn't even seem believable... Running on stage bragging and calling himself the "gay 2Pac" literally straight after it happened. Taraji posting about the attack but in the same breath telling people to stream his music?? wtf! Did you see the size of those guys who allegedly attacked him? Yet Jussie only ends up with a tiny cut under his eye? The fact he hasn't been too co-operative with CPD and borderline shady? LOL...I could go on. You can look up all the other sketchy stuff in your own time.....but he's lying!!

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                            • #15
                              So he did this for a career boost? What a sad individual.

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                              • #16
                                It was obvious he was lying from the start. I hope he gets jail time and a big fine.
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                                • #17
                                  Oh dear... such a stupid thing to do

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                                  • #18
                                    I don't even find enough words to descripe how despicable this is If it turns out to be true.
                                    #lockherup #fakenewspropaganda

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                                    • #19
                                      Apparently he did this to avoid being written off Empire.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
                                        Apparently he did this to avoid being written off Empire.
                                        Like anybody is watching this show anymore.
                                        It ain't 2015.
                                        If true, completely despicable and soooooo wrong for true victims of such horrible crimes.
                                        White supremacists are going to have a field day with that shit, well done.
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                                        • #21
                                          This entire thing makes no sense. Why he would stahe something so crazy is beyond stupid to me
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                                          • #22
                                            Tbh it was obvious since day 1.

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by Marchum View Post
                                              Tbh it was obvious since day 1.
                                              There is no real evidence against him for now. And why is such a thing obvious?
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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by BeeBoy View Post
                                                There is no real evidence against him for now. And why is such a thing obvious?
                                                The only missing thing at this point is find out how they came up with the two suspects. Because if they are proven to be the true suspects, then it's proved fraud.

                                                Considering both are black, anti-Trump and one of them was his personal trainer... And they exchanged compromising texts right before the attack.

                                                You already have high profile people taking back support messages. This will already ruin his career whether false or not.
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                                                • #25
                                                  What does he gain from this exactly?
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                                                  • #26
                                                    He should be jailed for wasting police time. However, this costs the tax payer money so possibly lengthy community service and a very large fine in relation to his earnings would be an alternative.

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Originally posted by Loveguru View Post
                                                      What does he gain from this exactly?
                                                      IKR? or maybe he didn't expect the police to come in, which would still be stupid

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                                                      • #28
                                                        The worst thing about it is that he is fuel to the whole right wing then screaming fake homophobia racism etc. He seemed to be beloved as well. I still hope he didn't fake it but if he did deserves to be ruined forever
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                                                        • #29
                                                          He is now a suspect in the criminal investigation.
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                                                          • #30
                                                            UPDATE: Chicago police have named actor and singer Jussie Smollett as a suspect in a criminal investigation for allegedly filing a false police report. This comes after conflicting reports surrounded his description of a homophobic and racist attack in late January. Detectives will now present evidence to a grand jury.
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