Facts are beginning to emerge on a recent viral claim by actor Jussie Smollett that he was assaulted by a gang of MAGA supporters in Chicago.
Smollett, who is the star of the television show “Empire,” said on Tuesday that he was attacked by a gang of white supremacists who place a noose around his neck, covered him in bleach and shouted “this is MAGA country,” a report broke by TMZ.
As the day went on, evidence of the attack and his claims did not materialize, however police are continuing to investigate.
The attack was said to have happened in Chicago after midnight when temperatures were around – 17 degrees.
His story started to fall apart yesterday when police issued a statement that said they had no evidence of the race of the masked attackers or their politics.
“CBS News reports that surveillance video, obtained by police, shows Smollett walking around but doesn’t show an attack/assault.
It is important to NOTE, that although no evidence has surfaced to back up Smollett’s claims, that does not mean the assault did not happen, however so far Smollett’s statement’s that the suspects said “this is MAGA country,” and his claims of the attack have not yet been supported by material evidence.
“Chicago police told CBS News that they don’t yet have physical evidence proving the crime happened, but police have not said the claims are untrue,” he said.
CASE UPDATE: Tonight #ChicagoPolice detectives expanded the search area for cameras to be able to provide photos of the alleged assailants in this attack. Thus far, no video of the alleged assailants or a vehicle has been discovered but we are continuing to broaden our search pic.twitter.com/glRMbAX6D0
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 30, 2019
Anthony Guglielmi. Chief Communications Officer for Chicago Police issued this statement:
“Tonight Chicago Police detectives expanded the search area for cameras to be able to provide photos of the alleged assailants in this attack. Thus far, no video of the alleged assailants or a vehicle has been discovered but we are continuing to broaden our search,” he said.
UPDATE: We continue to seek any available evidence/video to identify possible offenders in this case. Anyone who may hv been in area of 300 E North Water St btwn 1-3a should send info to https://t.co/g9Q1Srtgmc. Thus far we have not found anything to be able put out a description pic.twitter.com/wxdA0OOjZz
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 29, 2019
Kurt Schlichter noted extreme skepticism saying, “Hey fellow white Trump supporter, I suggest we go out late at night in arctic temperatures in deep blue Chicago with rope and bleach in case we run into a supporting actor on ‘Empire’ and attack him yelling ‘MAGA‘ because of course that sounds plausible.”
"Hey fellow white Trump supporter, I suggest we go out late at night in arctic temperatures in deep blue Chicago with rope and bleach in case we run into a supporting actor on 'Empire' and attack him yelling 'MAGA' because of course that sounds plausible."🤔🦄
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 29, 2019
Michelle Malkin reported:
Despite TMZ’s claim that Smollett had the “hell beat outta him” and attackers “broke his ribs” plus subjected him to a chemical attack, an ambulance was not called and he instead “self-transported” to the hospital. CWB Chicago, a local public safety watchdog site, reported on police dispatch records documenting that Smollett’s friend “Frank” refused EMS services for Smollett; no mention of bleach was made; “no or minor injury” was observed; and “officers never sent a ‘flash; message with offender descriptions to field units.”
30 minutes later (3:39 AM)
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) January 29, 2019
John Cardillo also voiced skepticism noting that he used to work similar crimes in the past and that “nothing fits here,” also noting the crime “looks staged.”
Everything about this #JussieSmollett attack by “MAGA supporters” is questionable.
I could certainly be wrong, but it looks staged by whomever attacked him, and in a really bad way.
I used to work these crimes. Nothing fits here. https://t.co/0XWYIRU7In
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 29, 2019
The Federalist also noted, many who have followed the story do not believe it.
How come Jussie Smollett never mentioned anything about the attackers saying "MAGA Country" until AFTER officers saw the claim going viral, and called Smollette to ask him about it? That jogged his memory? How could he not mention that to the responding officers?
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 30, 2019
Also, they would've had to plan this, who walks around with a noose, bleach, and ski masks on a Monday night at 2am??? The police report says the attackers worse masks and gloves and that they didn't know the sex or race, yet the MAGA country was added to the story later.
— Leo Daniels Ent.🌎 (@LeoRules1) January 30, 2019
Yes. Either these are master criminals who meticulously planned and stalked their prey (including knowing where every camera is so they could avoid) or they were randomly walking in subzero weather with nooses and bleach.
Either way it’s laughable.
— BKactual (@BKactualPodcast) January 30, 2019
Because there is no footage. The story
never made sense from the start.
— Chuck Beee (@Charles08300402) January 30, 2019
Although there is no footage, Smollett never mentioned anything about the attackers saying “MAGA Country” until AFTER officers saw the claim going viral, and there are very significant discrepancies between Smollett’s claims and police evidence, that does not mean the attack did not happen. So far though, there has been no evidence to back up his claim other than some minor physical injuries.
It would be interesting to obtain a copy of Smollett’s medial record form the treating hospital which could confirm many thing, privacy laws will make that significantly hard.
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