Although Jussie Smollett is a victim of assault, for some reason, the Chicago Police Department has apparently felt comfortable leaking information about the investigation and casting suspicion on the actor. First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants, then hours later there were two “persons of interest.” The latest information to come out was that the 36-year-old “refused” to give the cops his phone. All of these inconsistent reports have prompted some to say Smollett fabricated the attack.
A close source to Jussie is now speaking out to TMZ.
“The sources say cops ‘informally asked’ Jussie if he would surrender his phone … to verify he was talking to his manager on his cell when he was attacked,” TMZ reported. “We’re told he felt ‘uncomfortable’ doing that and declined, but he was never asked about phone records. A Chicago police official had said Jussie refused to turn over both the phone and records. We’re told Smollett has already said he will provide the records, and is in the process of gathering them.”
The Chicago Police Department has also reported two different descriptions of the suspects. TMZ wrote that Jussie never said the men were wearing MAGA hats, only that they screamed “MAGA country.”
As for the rope around his neck, TMZ also explained, “There are reports that Jussie had the rope around his neck long after the incident when he was being treated at the hospital. We’re told that is not the case. He did have the rope around his neck when cops arrived at his building 42 minutes after the incident. The sources say he kept it there to ‘preserve the evidence.'”
On Tuesday, while walking to a Subway in Chicago, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited a restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
Rumors have been circulating online that it was a “hook up gone wrong” or Smollett just made up the story for attention. Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago last week. The cutout letters said, “You will die black f**.” See below:
Hopefully, the Chicago Police Department can stop leaking news to the press and focus on their investigation.