By J. D. Heyes
Itâ€™s becoming clearer by the day â€” nay, by the hour, practically â€” that â€œEmpireâ€ actor Jussie SmollettÂ very likely fabricatedÂ an attack on himself by supporters of POTUS Donald Trump. Now, letâ€™s see if the perpetually triggered Hollywood Left â€” so ready to pile on the Trump hate â€” has the guts to stand tall and issue some major apologies.
To review, Smollett, 36, initially claimed Jan. 29 he was attacked around 2 a.m. by two white males who shouted racial and homophobic slurs, poured a bleach-like substance on him, and who said he was in â€œMAGA countryâ€ while placing a noose around his neck.
After the alleged attack, security video at his upscale apartment complex caught him entering the building holding his Subway sandwich and sporting the noose (which he still had on when police arrived to take his statement). Whatâ€™s also noteworthy is that Smollettâ€™s manager claimed to have heard the â€œMAGA countryâ€ slur, which makes him part of this story.
Early on, however, holes began to appear in Smollettâ€™s story. He wouldnâ€™t let police have his phone so they could check aspects of his story (such as his claim he was talking with his manager during the attack). While police discovered video of him traveling to the Subway and back to his apartment, strangely â€” in a video camera-heavy part of town â€” they couldnâ€™t find any of the attack.
The big break came after police released video of two suspects seen walking away from the attack site; eventually, those suspects were arrested and questioned. They turned out to be Nigerian-born brothers Abimbola â€œAbelâ€ and Olabinjo â€œOlaâ€ Osundairo, one of whom is Smollettâ€™s personal trainer and who was an extra on the set of Empire.
As the story began to seriously fall apart, Smollett doubled down claiming, in a statement, that he was â€œangered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar withâ€ â€” the Nigerian brothers.
Jussie Smollett update: Friends of Jussie, Abimbola 'Abel' and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, are cooperating with investigators and @cbschicago says they reportedly told detectives that they did a practice run a few days before. They are claiming this was premeditated and rehearsed.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 17, 2019
But, asÂ Breitbart NewsÂ reports, Chicago PD now believe they have evidence to support that Smollett paid Abel and Ola to fabricate the assault â€” just so he could stoke fake outrage against POTUS Trump.
â€œChicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault. The sources tell CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement,â€Â tweetedÂ CNNÂ crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz late Saturday.
CNN: Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.
The sources tell CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 16, 2019
Earlier in the day, reports noted that police confirmed with the two brothers that they had done a â€œpractice runâ€ before the staged assault and that they purchased the rope later found around Smollettâ€™s neck. Whatâ€™s more, police have confirmed that the brothers were paid $3,500 each before taking a trip to Nigeria, then another $500 apiece when they returned.
â€œDue to new evidence as a result of todayâ€™s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,â€ said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
It was all a sick,Â twisted hoax, in other words. Now, where are the apologies from Hollywood after they all piled on the â€œBlame Trump Train?â€
Cher screamed on Twitter, â€œVILLAINY, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, PROMOTED BY MOST INFAMOUS [clown] IN [the world], IS THE POISON THAT KILLS [America].â€Â
â€œ[America] IS PPL OF COLOR,â€ she added. â€œGOP GOES DOWN WITH SHIP djt.â€
Claimed actress Olivia Munn, sans evidence, â€œJussie Smollett was violently attacked by two white men who poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. He was targeted for being black and for being gay. THIS is why we have to have zero tolerance against homophobia and racism. Jussieâ€™s life matters.â€
â€œHeartbroken and furious reading about the attack onÂ @JussieSmollett. I want Trump and all MAGA lunatics to burn in Hell,â€ screeched Billy Eichner.
Weâ€™re advising readers not to hold their breath for apologies.Â
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