Was the Jussie Smollett Attack Staged?

People have been up in arms since news of actor Jussie Smollett being attacked broke last month.

In January, Smollett reported being attacked by two men shouting homophobic slurs. But as the police continued to investigate what happened that night in Chicago, some questions started to arise.

The Attack

Smollett claimed that he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. He said that two men wearing masks began beating him up and shouting homophobic slurs. The men also poured an unknown liquid on him and tied a rope around his neck while shouting phrases like “this is MAGA country.”

Smollett was on the phone with his manager during the attack who claimed to have heard the whole thing.

Phone records have corroborated that Smollett was in fact on the phone with his manager during the time that he says the incident occurred, but police are still investigating the rest of the aspects of the case.

The Investigation

Initially, police had very few leads as to who the attackers could be. The only survellance footage of Smollett of that night showed him alone.

They did, however, question two men who were in the area where Smollett says that he was attacked on the night of the incident.

The men who were questioned are brothers, one of whom coincidentally had worked as an extra on Empire, the show Smollett stars on.

According to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi the brothers are not being considered as suspects.

“These individuals are not yet suspects but were in area of concern and are being questioned,” Guglielmi tweeted.

The brothers were brought in for questioning on Wednesday after being detained at Chicago O’ Hare International Airport.

Later, police searched the brothers’ property but say that they still have no motive in the case.

Rumors of Staging

Since no video evidence of what happened has been found, people have been wondering if the whole event was staged.

Smollett recently sat down with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts to clear his name.

“I respect too much the people — who I am now one of those people — who have been attacked in any way,” he told her. “You do such a disservice when you lie about things like this.”

He went on to suggest that maybe people just didn’t want to believe the truth.

“It’s like, you know, at first, it was a thing of, like, ‘Listen, if I tell the truth then that’s it, ’cause it’s the truth,'” he said. “Then it became a thing of like, ‘Oh, how can you doubt that? Like, how do you– how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.'”

“And then it became a thing of like, ‘Oh, it’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth, you don’t even want to see the truth,'” he added.

Guglielmi also tweeted about the rumors of the attack being faked.

“Media reports (about) the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”

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