Jussie Smollett remains under public scrutiny after claiming he was attacked in a MAGA-related hate crime on January 29, 2019. As soon as Smollett told his story, there were people who doubted his account. Calling the attack a racist and homophobic hate crime, civil rights leaders and politicians rallied to Smollet’s defense. Now, many of those initial supporters are running away from Smollett and trying to figure out the best way to save face.
Details continue to leak to social media and the press is running with it; however, at this point, the Chicago Police Department hasn’t officially named Smollett a suspect; though two Nigerian brothers who are said to be cooperating with authorities have.
The brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were taken into custody after being tracked down from a video camera that was in the vicinity where Smollett claimed two men in red caps shouted homophobic and racist slurs at him, one man allegedly punched Smollett in the face before the duo “tussled by the stairs” and then, for some unknown reason, turned and ran but not before pouring bleach and placing a rope/noose around Smollett’s neck.
The Osundairo brothers say the entire attack was staged and that it was Smollett’s idea and plan. According to Page Six, their source says the attack was staged after Smollett received threatening, hate mail, yet the story didn’t get enough press.
Why Jussie Smollett may have staged his attack https://t.co/9CmH8qgDdw
— Mary (@doubledittos) February 19, 2019
The news comes after other reports say there is a good chance Smollett will go before a grand jury and may face indictment for filing a false police report.
At this point, authorities continue to collect evidence and try to separate fact from fiction. Also unknown is whether there was a legitimate threat with the note, or if someone else sent it to the 36-year-old Empire actor.
As more reports that the attack was staged surface, the more people are calling for Jussie Smollett to be charged with filing a police report.
Smollet granted Robin Roberts an interview. It’s possible that the comments made during that interview might be examined and come up during the investigation.
What do you think about Jussie Smollett’s case? Do you believe he staged the attack due to lack of media attention?