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Chicago Police Reportedly Have Solved the Jussie Smollett ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax

Posted on | February 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Chicago Police Reportedly Have Solved the Jussie Smollett ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax


When this story broke, there were a lot of reasons to be suspicious, as I detailed at the time (“You Haters! Stop Questioning Gay Actor’s Claim of ‘MAGA’ Hate Crime in Chicago,” Jan. 31, and “Persons of Interest,” Feb. 1). Now it is being reported that Chicago police are questioning two black men, one of whom appeared as an extra on Empire with Jussie Smollett, and once they get full confessions, we can expect the rest of the story behind this obvious hoax to emerge. The local crime site CWB Chicago has this summary:

Charlie De Mar of CBSChicago reports that police raided the home of the two “persons of interest” last night, seizing bleach, a wallet with stamps, a magazine, computers, and more. A relative of the men told De Mar that the two left for Nigeria on the day of the purported attack.
Chicago police today are questioning two persons of interest in the Jussie Smollett hate crime investigation, according to a department spokesperson. Both are African-American. Smollett, who police say “has been questioned throughout” their investigation is also being interrogated.
The persons of interest were arrested at O’Hare airport on Wednesday night, police said.
Smollett said in an interview aired on Good Morning America today that he believed the two persons of interest seen in the CPD images were the persons who attacked him. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them. Never did.”
TMZ reported that the persons of interest are an actor who has appeared with Smollett on Fox television’s Empire and a person who was traveling with the second actor. These individuals are believed to be the “potential persons of interest” who were seen in low-quality images released by Chicago police days after the alleged attack, according to a police spokesperson.
TMZ also reported that police used “rideshare and/or taxicab records” to identify the “persons of interest” and to track their movements on the night of the purported attack.

CWB Chicago says they got an anonymous tip a week ago that police already knew who the “persons of interest” were, knew that the rope around Smollett’s neck was purchased at Ace Hardware, and had obtained phone data relevant to the investigation. So basically, the case has been solved for a week, and the police were just waiting for these two guys to return from Nigeria before taking them into custody.

It never made sense that two Trump supporters would be stalking an obscure gay actor on the streets of Chicago in the wee hours of the morning when temperatures were below zero, but you were a racist — “RAAAAACIST!” — if you suggested it looked like a hoax.

UPDATE: And now we know the motive:

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of “Empire.”

Gay actor loses job, fakes “hate crime” against himself, blames Trump supporters. Now watch how quickly the media forget this ever happened.

UPDATE II: Tweets that have not aged well:



By the way, Chicago PD is pushing back against some of these reports as “inaccurate” or “unsubstantiated,” although officials are not being very clear about what elements of the stories are wrong, and are being close-mouthed about what they do actually know. We’ll see . . .



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