Sources: Jussie Smollett staged attack with help of others, allegedly being written off 'Empire'

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    Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

    Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

    A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday.

    A source briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that Chicago police are questioning the two persons of interest -- one of whom has appeared on "Empire."

    The law enforcement official also told ABC News that the homes of the persons of interest were raided Wednesday night. Police removed shoes, electronic devices and other items they believe could help them they determine if the two people played any role in the assault from those homes.

    Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said that the reports were “ridiculous rumors.”

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

    Police have not commented on the report. Earlier Thursday, police said they were questioning the two men but that they were not considered suspects. Local media reported that one of the men had appeared as an extra on “Empire.” Elgas reported that Smollett did not appear for a scheduled interview on Thursday. Sharp contradicted that, saying that Smollett did answer additional police questions in person on Thursday.

    Charlie De Mar, a reporter at CBS Chicago, spoke Thursday with family members of the two men who were being questioned. They told De Mar that the men are brothers, and are from Nigeria. They left for Nigeria on the day of the attack, De Mar reported. The police reportedly asked the family members if they knew Smollett. De Mar posted a search warrant receipt, showing that investigators had found a laptop, shoes, and bleach at the home.

    A police spokesman said on Twitter he would not release details of the investigation while the men are being questioned.

    “Media reports of investigative details cannot be confirmed at this time,” spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. No charges have been filed.

    Smollett’s rep said earlier in the day that he was glad to see progress was being made.

    “We are pleased there is progress in the case and are waiting to hear further details,” she said.

    Earlier, police said the two persons of interest are not suspects and have not been charged. Investigators are only talking with them at this time. The two were picked up Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport, police said.

    Smollett said he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 in the 300-block of East North Water Street in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. He told police two masked men shouted homophobic slurs at him, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach.

    Smollett, 36, is black and openly gay.
     
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    Me think Daniels is a Qween who expects to have everyone grobble at her feet. Me also thinks he's an idiot for wanting a gay superheroe and a overly feminine one at that.
     
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    After seeing some tweets on this... all I could think of were @Nick Delmacy and @OckyDub 's responses to the news...

    I'm going to get my popcorn ready while everything gets sorted out.
     
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    Fake News. The official word from CPD



    We have enough problems in Chicago without low-rated news programs adding more fake shit to deplete law enforcement resources.
     
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    Weren’t you the one on here calling him Tawana Brawley? :thinking:
     
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    Yep, sure did. And still think this is some bullshit taking resources from real black community crimes that need resolution.

    And this Is still mostly a story to non Chicago people. Black folk here, including gay folk, eye rolled this shit days ago. Regardless as to whether he made it up or was accosted by mysterious hired Nigerians, it’d be nice if he took his light skinned shitshow back to Hollywood (A lot of us here also don’t care about Michael Avennati’s personal R Kelly child porn collection either).

    Meanwhile, in real black Chicago male news, a young 30 yo black tech entrepreneur who helped Obama’s 2012 campaign, founded a non-profit for black STEM education along with several other tech firms and who deserves to mayor of the city
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    4 Candidates for Mayor Address Crime, Finances, Housing in 1st Forum
     
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    Im not the smartest man but a man is not walking in the cold at 2am for anything other than crack or some ass(hoes dont get cold). Which one was it Jussie. A subway sandwhich aint never been that good to have me up at 2am putting on my coat and boots.
     
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    You know he's lying....what are the first two letters of 'light skinned nigga'? L-I.

    And that's what he did. 100dap

     
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    Based on his previous interviews before this incident he never seemed to be a person that would make up an elaborate lie. He came across as a person of pretty solid character.

    And even if he was the kind of person to stage something fake, he seemed like the very smart kind that would do it in broad daylight or where cameras are present so there would be no doubt.

    While the story does seem so strange as far as the time out in Chicago streets, etc. I just don't see the motivation to go so elaborately out of his way to make shit up? Not to mention putting his career and image in jeopardy.

    At the end of the day, it would be so severely fucked up if this dude has been telling the truth all along and the main people that were calling him a liar are black people and esp black GAY people. WOWWWWW...
     
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    As a black man who not only lives in Chicago but also works in law enforcement (albeit not for the city or county, thank God), I'm more concerned with the amount of police and detective resources that have been thrown to this case, compared to all the MURDERS and others crimes that get relative short shrift.

    If you don't live here, it probably does look like a flippant dismissal of a victim's allegations to eyeroll Smollett. But considering the EXTREMELY LOW clearance rate for solving felonies in this city, particularly for working class black victims, I'm sorry not sorry when it comes to Smollett; especially when he wasn't as forthcoming as he should have been from Jump Street in terms of cooperating with authorities. So many black children and women come up missing or dead on Chicago's West and South sides and everyone is like, oh well. But let it be some jive assed celebrity and he gets the attention of the mayor, Police Superintendent, and major media, while thousands of OTHER victims don't even get HALF the attention that Smollett's late night snack attack has gotten.

    And as I type this, the local news has just announced that the two Nigerian brothers that were arrested have just been released by CPD WITHOUT being charged.

    To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, fish and Jussie Smollett stories stink after four days .
     
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    You indeed have a legitimate beef putting it into this context. The Chicago detective resources are looking at this as a high profile case due to it being a celebrity. So its less about race or sexual orientation as so much as the "celebrated" person this happened to so, therefore, Chicago authorities want to look like they are "handling" it being that its on a world stage. As I am sure if this was an everyday non-televised gay black man that was attacked, they could care less. Just as you say they already have a low clearance rate for Chicago working-class black victims.

    So I definitely see your particular frustration in it. What I find actually interesting and maybe a bit appalling is the many of the vehement doubters dont live no where near a CHICAG or a GO and they have no perspective of resourcers being used. They look at him as, "what he doing out at 2 am anyway", "he wanted some dick or drugs", "that bitch lying, where the cameras".

    I remember homeless people asking for money and friends that would say, "I dont give them money, they just use it on drugs''. I ignore friends that say that. My intention is good when I give, what the homeless person does with my generosity speaks to who they are, not me. When a black gay man says he was attacked for being such black and gay, I'm gonna believe him. Esp being both black and gay myself and being attacked for being either is not out of the realm of possibility. Now if it comes back as a hox? Well, thats fucked up Jussie. And the universe has a way of dealing with people who give false allegations. But to not only question this dude as a liar like many black gay men are doing, but also calling him names and shit? Bruh, Really? We hate ourselves that much?

    It seems like the whole thing is just getting more messy and is showing who people really are on multiple levels.
     
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    Not Tawana Bradley!
     
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    Looks like the Nigerians snitched and got released. I WANT to believe Jussie but it’s not looking good for him.

     
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    U know what I meant - darn autocorrect! Lol.
    But what a comparison!
     
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    Yea you may be right. I dont know what in the ENTIRE fuck this boy was trying to do if he staged the whole thing. What the hell was his motivation behind doing this?

    He's gonna be looked at side-eyed for the rest of his life and whatever career left if its 100% true that it was all fakery by him. Maybe Lee Danials had these two men do it and Jussie knew nothing about it. Lee Daniels seems like a shady queen type based on past interviews I seen of him. Hmmmp
     
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    Kind of still hoping he didn’t make it up. C- quality acting aside, I’ve always liked Jussie. Always seemed like a decent dude, never really hear too many bad things about him but if this is true that’s pretty much it for him.
     
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    If he did this - I want them to throw the book at him... IDGAF who he is, how long he's been there or how many flags he's raised. What he did was wrong and the implication of what he was insinuating was tragic, especially given the racial climate in our country and the political climate. This was bad, way bad. HE needs to be written off the show and banished and jailed. Yep. He is a grown ass man, with money to hire people to tell him this is a bad idea. I also want to know what was his angle. why did he do it?
     
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    If it was staged, why are they released? Ain't they guilty for participating in a false crime?
     
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    All speculation on my part but based on my years of experience watching Law and Order: SVU, if the Nigerians were "colluding" with Jussie and offered testimony against him in exchange for no charges being filed against them, this could be a reason they were released.

    But I have no proof of this. And the police/prosecutors haven't come out to say this was the case, so we wait and see.
     
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    i dunno if the story is true or fabricated. i'm just waiting and reserving my comments and judgments. found this response from jesse's team to the latest rumors.

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    The internet is so disrespectful.



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    Well here in “the city that works” most black folk are through with ol’ Boy and pissed he brought that California SJW crazy shit to our community.

    The nigga lied. The Tawana Brawley analogy is still apt.

    And because his dumb ass involved the USPS with the phony letter, as well as the FBI, he might face federal charges not just county or state. I think he knows it, which is why he hired a high-tier criminal attorney as soon as everyone started to smell the rotting fish ...

    All the positive stuff young black folk are now accomplishing in Chicago and we got this Hairy Banana-Fonte fucking shit up for innocent American Americans ....
     
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    Damn Rico, I didn't even think about the letter through the post, what a nasty legal angle! It really irritates me because I remember some show they were saying that crooked national deals, scams, etc always use Fedex or UPS to send their ensnaring papers and therby avoid running afoul of the Feds.....
     
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    I'm pissed off that this is a gay-themed website and nobody, and I mean NOBODY, is talking about them two Trade brothers and their delicious abdomens. No thirst trap pictures. No prison bae photos. No NSFW stuff somebody dug up from one of their old accounts? What kinda gay site is this? Let me go over to Funky Dineva cause I know he got some pics and tea.
     
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    Pfft, abs are everywhere on the Net. Let me know when the peen pics get released or they do a twincest vid on Youporn and we’ll revisit lol
     
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