The Chicago Police Department has been dropping misinformation that has cast doubt on Jussie Smollett‘s claims that he was a victim of a hate crime. Now, two alleged neighbors have miraculously come forward to say the “Empire” actor is lying about being attacked.
Agin Muhammad, who told Page Six he lives in Smollett’s building, said, “I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did. I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here . . . Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”
Another person, who told Page Six he is a patron at an Irish bar a block from the scene of the alleged attack, dropped this gem: “It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around. They have cameras everywhere. . . Why can’t they find the attack?”
Clearly, that anonymous person is delusional, since incidents like the Laquan McDonald murder to 15 men exonerated for false arrests show Chicago is far from “the most liberal city” and has an epic history of racism.
Either way, their accounts contradict that from another neighbor who said on Jan. 31 that she saw two suspicious people outside of the apartment building she and Smollett live in about 90 minutes before the assault. According to TMZ, the neighbor, who chose to remain unidentified, said, “She walked out of the building at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to take her dogs out and saw the man near the door, pacing between the parking garage and entrance, looking agitated and smoking a cigarette. She says, ‘He looked out of place.’ He was a white man with scruff on his face wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short, exposing ‘thick, grey hunting socks’ with camel-colored dress shoes.”
She described him as looking like a “redneck.”
She also said she saw “what looked like a rope, or a clothesline, protruding from the bottom of his sweatshirt, made of white and blue material.” The neighbor also claimed there was another man about 300 feet away, who was near another entrance to the building. She was “creeped out” by the man, and after 5 minutes she went back in the building.
TMZ also reported the neighbor went to the building’s gym at 4 a.m. and saw a lot of security. The concierge explained the actor was attacked, she said. “When she told him what she saw, the concierge implored her to call a detective and gave her two phone numbers,” TMZ wrote. “She made contact that afternoon and downloaded a detective.”
On Jan. 9, while walking to a Subway, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited the 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.”
Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago a week before. The cutout letters read, “You will die black f**.” See below:
Hopefully, the Chicago Police Department can stop babbling to the press and focus on their investigation.