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Is Trump-hating “Empire” star Jussie Smollett about to be charged with lying to police about alleged ‘MAGA’ attackers?

By J. D. Heyes

In the days since “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was physically assaulted as he ventured out in sub-zero temperatures around 2 a.m. in Chicago to get a Subway sandwich, there have been elements of his story that have either been questionable or have not added up.

Smollett, 35, one of the actors on the Fox television hit, told police the morning after the alleged attack that he was set upon by two people who yelled racial and homophobic slurs during the assault and wrapped a rope around his neck while dousing him in bleach.

As The New York Times reported, Chicago PD said they were investigating the alleged assault as a “possible hate crime.” The paper noted further:

Smollett, who is black and publicly came out as gay in 2015, was walking on a downtown street when two people approached him and yelled the slurs, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department. The attackers then began hitting Smollett in the face and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him.

“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” police said.

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi as saying, “The alleged assailants made racially charged comments to the victim implying that they knew he was a star from the show.” 

At first, Guglielmi said, Smollett told them he was reluctant to call police because of the attention he would draw. But his manager eventually called police at 2:42 a.m.

In the initial interview, Smollett — who has posted a number of anti-Trump messages to his Twitter account — told police that his assailants were two men who wore ski masks and dressed in all black clothing. But it wasn’t until a subsequent interview the following morning that he told detectives that the men also yelled, “This is MAGA country” — a reference to the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan — during the attack.

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    Since then:

    — Police have not found any video evidence of the attack, though the area where Smollett said he was attacked is rife with cameras from public and private venues. They have, however, found video of him walking to the Subway. 

    — As The Gateway Pundit reported, the temperature in Chicago at the time of the alleged attack was between -15 and -30 degrees wind chill; though Smollett said the attackers poured bleach him, that seems unlikely since bleach freezes at around 18 degrees F. 

    — The site also reported that Smollett told authorities that he suffered a cracked rib in the assault, but video at his condo complex shows that he walked past security to the elevator without telling anyone he had been attacked and that they “broke his ribs.” Also, he was carrying the sandwich that he bought at Subway.

    — He admitted on Saturday that his rib wasn’t broken, a detail tweeted out by conservative author and entrepreneur Michelle Malkin.

    — Chicago PD subsequently released images of two “persons of interest” in the attack but still was not able to find any video of the actual attack. Also, those persons were walking away from the alleged crime scene just 15-20 minutes before it allegedly took place.

    — Finally, Smollett claims he and his manager were on the phone during the alleged attack but the actor would not turn over his phone to police to verify the claim.

    Did he lie? Did this Trump-hating Leftist actor make it all up? Chicago police are still treating him as a victim but officials have said if investigators discover he fabricated the incident they’ll hold him accountable.

    The clock is ticking.

    A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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    Steve Cramer (@CramerSteve)
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    I see a lot of “bleach freezes…”, but the police report doesn’t say bleach. TMZ said bleach. well, they actually go further and say “doused with bleach”. The police report says an “unknown chemical substance” stained his clothes and they were taken as evidence. And even if it does turn out to be bleach, there is no knowledge right now of how long the bleach would have been out in the cold, if at all. Whatever it was didn’t have to be in a 64 oz bottle. It could have been in some small container in a coat pocket where… Read more »

    Steve Cramer (@CramerSteve)
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    I see a lot of “bleach freezes” but it was not reported as bleach in the police report. It was an “unknown chemical substance” that stained his clothes which were taken as evidence. TMZ said he was “doused with bleach”. And we don’t know how long the bleach would have been in the cold weather. Could have been in a heated car or inside a building (the alleged attack happened right outside his place) until right before use or in a jacket pocket (doubt they were carrying a normal bleach container).

    jcill
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    jcill

    I agree that “bleach freezes” is a meaningless fact. However, there are enough other questionable facts that I won’t believe that the attack happened unless they nab the suspects and they confess…not likely!

    Ry
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    Ry

    This is a hoax. You are an idiot to think anything else.

    william chandler
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    william chandler

    He was talking on the phone and holding a sandwich while fighting for his life ……
    ponder that.

    matt
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    The police said he still had the “noose” around his neck 45 min after the purported event when they arrived at his place. The article above says he arrived back home carrying a sandwich. If he had had a rope around his neck then it would have shown. Something isn’t adding up…….

    Lionel Mandrake
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    Lionel Mandrake

    Glad he’s gay. He’ll make some nice butt buddies in the slammer.

    desertspeaks
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    desertspeaks

    He got a subway sandwich at 2 am???? really? IMPOSSIBLE since they all close @ 9-10 pm.. LIAR!

    Kevin Bearly (@Braveheart8850)
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    Nothing will happen to this privileged ‘degenerate of color’ as a result of his false allegation. His career will get a huge boost from this lie and will make him a hero to all the other perverts in Hollywood.

    libsick
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    libsick

    He is a liar, and made this all up for attention, and then later enhanced his story to smear those of us who support our President. I hope the police throw his sorry a$$ in jail for wasting their time when they could have been helping to prevent the hundreds of murders, rapes and assaults that actually DO occur in the formerly great city of Chicago.

    Greg Jones
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    Yes, the bleach would have been liquid if it were in a coat pocket. However, if any of it had spilled onto the pavement, it would have remained as frozen evidence. The cell phone info would have pinpointed the spot and time. Why would anybody not want to give the police everything they had to capture somebody who had attacked him?

    RF
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    RF

    Publicity Stunt all the way.

    Don McCoy
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    Don McCoy

    Smollett is of MANY different protected classes. He will not be facing legal consequences for his fraudulent subversion.

    Carter Gwynn
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    Carter Gwynn

    If there was bleach, where are the bleached clothes? Did the gay black guy have bleach burns?

    George Duncan
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    George Duncan

    Forensics can check the clothes to ID the substance. Funny the assailants didn’t rob him or take his phone? His phone WILL tell a different tale. Make him pay the CPD to cover response and investigative costs . Charge him to the max. What we have here is a POS liar and a black activist.

    TruthMatters
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    TruthMatters

    of course all trump supporters carry bleach and nooses when they to go to gay bars at 2am in sub zero weather..
    that’s how you know they are MAGA!
    wait….

    Rick20033
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    Rick20033

    He still had the alleged noose around his neck 45 minutes later when the police arrived? Why? Anyone who had been assaulted as he claimed and had a noose put around his neck would have wanted to get that thing off immediately.

    Even liberals are finally starting to call this what it so obviously is: a lie.

    frye
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    Bleach or water it doesn’t matter. If he was walking around with wet clothing on in -30 weather he would have major frost bite on him. The liquid on his clothes would have frozen with three minutes leaving him vulnerable to cold weather injuries. But not a single report, not did he seek medical attention.

    Francisco Machado
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    Francisco Machado

    Smollett kept a sandwich that potentially had bleach or an unknown substance on it? Even if he did, it would have been evidence – in his garbage. No one would risk eating it.

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