The Chicago Police Department released video footage on Monday that showed actor Jussie Smollett just hours after his alleged attack by two Trump supporters, claiming they targeted him for being gay and black.
Chief of Police Eddie Johnson dismissed the claim, saying the attack was “orchestrated.”
Via Daily Wire:
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In the released footage, Smollett is wearing white rope around his neck; the “Empire” star claimed his attackers tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. CBS News reported:
“I just wanted y’all to see,” Smollett is heard saying he touches the rope in the police body camera footage taken as officers respond to his home after the Jan. 29 report. He then begins to unwind the rope and says, “There’s bleach on me.”
He’s later heard saying he doesn’t want to be filmed and the body camera is shut off.
“Chicago Police enter Jussie Smollett’s home after report of racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. He’s still wearing a long white rope around his neck,” CBS Chicago reporter Megan Hickey captioned a tweet containing a portion of the released video.
— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) June 24, 2019
On January 29, Smollett told police he was targeted in downtown Chicago at around 2:30 a.m. by two white Trump supporters for being gay and black, The Daily Wire previously reported. The actor said the two men recognized him from his show “Empire,” physically assaulted him, and called him a “n*****” and a “f*****.” They also allegedly tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and told him he was in “MAGA country” — a reference to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” — Smollett claimed.
About two weeks before the attack, the actor said he received a threatening letter containing suspicious white powder later identified as crushed Tylenol. The letter had the acronym “MAGA” written on the envelope and contained a drawing of a curly-haired stick-figure being hanged with a noose by another stick-figure. It also said in cutout magazine letters: “You will die black f***.”
True to form and reputation, the Democrats immediately believed every bit of the story, seeing an opportunity to politicize the incident for further fodder against Trump in the upcoming election.
New evidence soon emerged that cast doubt on Smollett’s claims, according to Johnson, who told reporters the whole thing was a “hoax” and that the letter Smollett received was from himself.
Smollett got off light and did some community service, but it seems that on Friday, a Cook County judge ruled that a special prosecutor should be appointed to conduct a full investigation into the hoax, which would allow charges against the former “Empire” star to be reinstated.
Here’s to hoping the truth about this mess comes out sooner rather than later.