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'Empire' Actor Attacked In Hate Crime Allegedly Faked It

Authorities are investigating an assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett as a 'possible hate crime' after two men yelled homophobic and racial slurs, and wrapped a rope around his neck. 

However recent developments suggest Smollett may have faked the entire thing as a publicity stunt. 

The 36-year-old African-American television actor was to have been walking down a street in Chicago at approximately 2am when he was approached by two males.

The offenders allegedly attacked the victim with their hands and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. A rope was then wrapped around the victim's neck.

The offenders reportedly ran from the scene leaving Smollett to find his own way to a local hospital. 

However, now Smollett and the two men are being questioned by police. 

The breakdown in their plan came about when the actor reportedly tampered with phone records which he downloaded into a spreadsheet. 

Two local media outlets are reporting that police have concluded that the 'attack' was staged. However police have not publicly commented on the attack. 

Representation for Smollett says the reports, however, are “ridiculous rumors.”

“He’s been very cooperative and very consistent,” she said.

Police spent Thursday interviewing the two other persons of interest, while there are mixed reports as to whether Smollett appeared for further questioning. 

We'll be keeping an eye on this one as developments arise! 


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