While questions swirl around Jussie Smollett's recent attack, I can't help but to look at the facts and think Jussie may be lying. Here are some new facts:
Smollett initially told police that he was attacked by two men outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago during the early morning hours of January 29th. The 36-year-old actor, who is openly gay, described the assailants as white men wearing ski masks, who asked Smollett if he was “that f***ot Empire n*****?” before attacking him with a rope and bleach. As they fled the scene the men yelled, “This is MAGA country!” according to Smollett.
Well, according to a close source to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) that tells "Lenox and the Second City" exclusively, Smollett was scheduled to appear for an interview yesterday, Feb, 19th, but did not show. And, in addition, the CPD source confirms that the letter Smollett received containing a white powder substance (which was later determined to be aspirin) on Jan. 22nd that was mailed to his Chicago home was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines, the source says a magazine was taken as evidence when Smollett's Chicago home was searched last week with missing letters cut out.
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.
Yesterday, a Grand jury assembled in Smollett's investigation where police believe he rehearsed an attack. The grand jury will soon hear testimony over allegations that the Empire actor filed a false police report.
Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, the two Nigerian brothers and Empire extras who say they conspired with Smollett to orchestra the attack, will testify before the grand jury later this week, TMZ reports. The Osundairo brothers say they rehearsed the attack with Smollett in the days prior. They told police that they scouted a location where they believed a camera would capture the attack. As of this yesterday, the two brothers are no longer suspects in this case, according to the Chicago Police Department.
In a statement released over the weekend, Smollett’s lawyers said their client “is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.” The statement continued, “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
But, is he lying?
Listen, I adore Smollett and continue to follow his career and has admired his activism; but this. isn't. adding. up.
First, I can't get my head around two Black guys putting a noose around another Black person's neck...it doesn't make sense for many reasons. Furthermore, one of his is "attackers" is his personal trainer, and I hear that there's a new album on the horizon in March for him. It just all screams publicity stunt.
This apparent media stunt that seems be taken out of an episode of FOX's Empire show really disappoints me. And, I know a lot of people will say things like ' we don't know everything yet and ya know white people love to jump down and lynch black people without a full story - i'd say too soon,' but the facts are right in front in our face. When I just think about this, I immediately get this "WTF" emoji-face drawn on me.
Comedian and close friend to Smollet, Sampson McCormick, said " I really have no idea what’s going on, all I know is that he’s a friend and I will support him and keep him lifted in love and prayer. Reports are conflicting and it’s a lot to keep up with, but I’m praying it all works out."
I hope I'm wrong. I really do. Because at the end of the day, I'm rooting for him; always have. He's become one of our community's role models, and I would hate to see that title taken away.
Jussie, it's time to tell the truth...the blatant truth. Even it hurts.