'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.
MORE: Someone familiar with the investigation says Smollet was a no-show for an interview earlier today with detectives. All of this coming hours after Smollett spoke to @GMA speaking out in his first media interview taking aim at those who doubted his story.— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 15, 2019
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.
BREAKING:Police raided the home of two persons of interest in Jussie Smollett case last night. Both men are of Nigerian decent and have appeared as extras on the show. Police took bleach, shoes electronics and more.Officers asked family if they knew #Jussiesmollett. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/PDSFtf5jwb— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 14, 2019
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.
Correction. Looks like he'll always be the man this did not happen to. pic.twitter.com/RpCRpEmoBK— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) February 15, 2019
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!
MORE: This is inside the home of two men in police custody listed as persons of interest. According to family they left for Nigeria the same day (but hours after) the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett. @cbschicago #JussieSmollette #Empire pic.twitter.com/5QzdR89VIr— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 15, 2019