"He has been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack". Noah said, "Either this guy's telling the truth, or he deserves an Emmy for that interview, because if all of that is just a performance, I don't care what he's lying about, you can't cancel him". He said police also reached out to Smollett's attorney to request another interview with him. "Through ... meticulous investigation, #ChicagoPolice detectives have identified the persons of interest in the area of the alleged attack of the Empire cast member", Chicago police Chief Communications Officer Andrew Guglielmi tweeted.
With the Jussie Smollett story taking more twists and turns than a full season of Passions as unconfirmed reports point to the Empire star orchestrating the attack against himself, some supporters are becoming bewildered. They said they had gleaned new information from their interrogation of them.
Law enforcement sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ, the 2 brothers who were arrested and then released are staying somewhere around the Loop in downtown Chicago under the watchful eye of police so no one gets to them. Smollett would later tell police that he and Empire's executive producer donned gloves before they opened it and exposed themselves to a threat letter covered in white powder. He's one of six children, and joined his brothers and sisters on the Food Network show "Smollett Eats".
According to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, the actor told detectives he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago. The letter also said, "You will die black f**", in cutout letters from magazines.
CBS Chicago reported Monday afternoon that the letter and the show's handling of it was the potential motive for what may have been Smollett's false claim that he was attacked by two men in Chicago last month in the middle of the night.
It's unclear what will happen with Smollett's "Empire" character if it is proven that he was involved in planning the attack.
The sources said one of the brothers held a rope and poured bleach on Smollett while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on January 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. "But Smollett was the ideal victim for a media that deems any skepticism heresy".
"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more", Smollett said. My own relative told me I was wasting my time, going state to state, knocking on doors for this guy with the amusing name.
Perhaps I don't want to believe him because this is a stark and scary reminder of the poor condition of the country (and city) that I call home. New reports claim the actor/singer rehearsed his now-infamous Chicago attack days before it went down.
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