As more and more details emerge or “don’t” emerge in the alleged “Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Attack” the Chicago police have made a statement regarding the growing possibility Smollett may be lying.
According to The Daily Wire, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly told local media Tuesday that the Chicago Police Department will pursue a case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett if it turns out Smollett filed a false police report alleging a late night attack.
Smollett was allegedly attacked while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Chicago. Smollett says that two men approached him, targeted him with both racial and homophobic slurs, tossed a rope around his neck, and then poured an unspecified liquid on him, which may have been bleach. Smollett reported being injured in the attack, and later told law enforcement officials that the two attackers yelled “Welcome to MAGA country!” during the incident.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that Smollett was “reticent” to file a police report, but that another individual, present in Smollett’s apartment, encouraged him to call police and to seek medical attention. Smollett also refused to provide police with his phone, despite telling law enforcement that he had been on a call with his manager at the time of the attack.
The developments have led some to question Smollett’s version of the attack, even though the “Empire” star insists that his original version of events is the correct one, according to the Associated Press.
Rafer Weigel a Fox 32 reporter said Tuesday that he spoke to Police Superintendent Johnson and that Johnson told him Smollett is “still being treated as a victim” in his case, but that the police are pursuing all angles of the event.
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019
UPDATE: TMZ is now reporting police are seeking an additional interview from Smollett.
Twitter users have noted from various articles that it looks like Smollett has been accounted for during every moment during his outing, except for a 60 second period.
So Jussie Smollett has now been accounted for on video all but 60 Secs..
— Kat #ISTANDWITHGENFLYNN (@KatTheHammer1) February 7, 2019
Adding even further skepticism, the official police report noted the alleged attack item the “white rope” as Smollet’s personal property, NOT a weapon.
Fact @JussieSmollett official police report lists the alleged attack item “white rope” as Smollet’s personal property NOT a weapon is huge
Only hate crime hear is a man desperate to drum up relevance for album he was releasing (or to cover something else) is priceless pic.twitter.com/GJKj04CrCN
— Obamaboozled (@Obamaboozled) February 6, 2019