The "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett claims he found himself the victim of a hate crime earlier this week, on one of the coldest nights in Chicago this year. Because, you know, "this is MAGA country" "rednecks" prowl the streets on bitterly cold nights looking for black actors to beat down. According to police, one little problem exists: It never happened. Jussie Smollett has lied to police and everyone else about the entire incident. The only question now: whether or not he will face charges when his story finishes unravelling.
Once more, Chicago Police Superintendent misleads the press. The Chicago Trib has the story (they're playing paywall games, so they don't get a link and the traffic).
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Friday detectives are "making gains" in their investigation of a report that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men who yelled slurs and put a noose around his neck in Streeterville early this week.
"We are making gains in the investigation and hopefully we’ll bring it to a successful resolution soon," Johnson told reporters at the Shakespeare District police station on the Northwest Side.
Making gains. Well, they're making gains alright:
Second City Cop reports last night that the attack NEVER HAPPENED.
Detectives say that Jussie Smollett had himself a GRINDR date "gone bad". GRINDR, for our readers, is the gay hook-up site on the internet, sort of like the gay version of Tinder.
Smollett of course, cops say, refuses all forms of cooperation – including allowing police to examine his phone.
His "ear witness" isn't cooperating. Of course the mainstream media is sure that the deep blue city of Chicago has some MAGA hat-wearing racists running around in the middle of the coldest night in decades just looking for an Empire actor to administer a hate-fueled beatdown upon.
Oh yes, those unidentifiable "persons of interest"? They were walking AWAY from the area of the attack between 15 and 30 minutes before it happened.
And maybe the best for last: "the anonymous witness who saw a "hillbilly looking" character that not a single camera in a one mile radius has a picture of."
If indeed this incident stands as yet another hate-crime hoax, Jussie Smollett might have succeeded in burning, not burnishing his reputation and career.
Time will tell.
But stuff like this makes critical minds suspect Smollett is nothing more than a small-minded bigot trying to gain fame and notariety. At least he didn't claim they pistol whipped him as well while wearing an NRA jacket.