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Yes, Jussie Smollett Lied

So we talked about “Empire” actor, Jussie Smollett and his harrowing tale of victimization, at the hands of roving MAGA maniacs, stalking the Chicago streets in the early morning hours of January 29.

To recap, Smollett claims two white guys jumped him, roughed him up, put a noose around his neck, poured some sort of substance on him (possibly bleach), used racist and homophobic slurs, as well as saying this was “MAGA country.”

In other words, blame the Trump crowd. It’s very convenient, these days.

And I get it. I’m not the biggest defender of President Trump or his supporters, but right is right, and this story from Smollett smelled bad, from the beginning.

Of course, you wouldn’t know that from some of the breathless reporting on the issue by left-leaning outlets and various liberal individuals across social media.

Smollett, of course, played the brave victim role so well.

He’s an inspiration for the black and gay community. Clearly.

And that’s when the wheels started coming off.

On Thursday, it was first reported that there was a very real possibility that the whole thing was a hoax.

According to reports from the 14th, as I wrote about then:

Police spent much of Thursday interviewing two persons of interest in the case, who are believed to have been seen on surveillance images on the night of the attack.

Rob Elgas, a reporter at ABC 7 in Chicago, reported Thursday afternoon that “multiple sources” said that Smollett and the two men staged the attack because his character was being written off the show. Brad Edwards, a reporter at CBS Chicago, cited a source who said that investigators believe the “non-cooperating 2 witnesses are co-conspirators in a potentially staged attack.”

The Chicago Police Department quickly disputed the story, saying they had not suggested that the tale of a MAGA attack was a hoax, or that Smollett was trying to save his job on the show.

Now, however, the two Nigerian brothers (and extras from “Empire”) have been questioned and released with no charges.

And yes, we can go ahead and take the pin out of the story and fully embrace the fact that Smollett is not a victim. He’s a liar.

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that police now believe Smollett paid two men arrested previously and spoke to investigators, adding that police have records of the two men purchasing rope that Smollett said was tied around his neck at a Chicago-area Ace Hardware store.

“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. “We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

I remember seeing the videos from Smollett’s castmates from the show, voicing their support, telling him to stand strong.

Do they feel like suckers, at all?

They should.

So what happens now?

I don’t know, but it’s clear this investigation is not over, and it has taken a new direction.

“The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Guglielmi said earlier Saturday.

Show of hands of everybody that believes that “additional investigative work” includes going after the perpetrator of a hoax, the diverting of law enforcement resources and time, and all for the purpose of saving some hack’s job?

Just for the record, my hand went way up, guys.

I hope they make an example out of Smollett. He wanted this to be high profile, and well it should be. These fraudulent claims of victimhood are never for the public good, and always have a selfish, thoughtless root.

In July 2018, a waiter at Saltgrass Steak House, in Odessa, Texas, by the name of Khalil Cavil claimed he was stiffed on a tip by a customer who left a racist message on the bill, referring to him as a “terrorist.”

The customer was banned from the restaurant  and Cavil’s story went viral, with thousands of well-meaning citizens expressing support for him.

Except it was a lie.

Cavil lost his job and the restaurant had some big apologizing to do to that customer.

In November 2017, five black cadets with the Air Force Academy Preparatory School found racist messages posted outside their door.

The case caused widespread condemnation, with Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria giving a powerful speech about moral courage and telling any who could not treat others as equal to “get out.”

Within several days, an investigation into the incident determined that one of the cadets who had claimed to be a target was actually the one responsible for the ugly messages.

It turns out, he was facing disciplinary action for another incident, and hoped this would distract from that.

And here’s a kick in the head –

The Diversity Leadership Council at Gustavus Adolphus College, back in March of 2017 posted racist, white nationalist propaganda flyers around campus – apparently with full approval of the Dean of Students – as part of some exercise to raise awareness about racism.

They didn’t inform anybody about their plans. They just posted them and let the chips fall where they would.

These are just a few out of many, many accounts of false victimhood around the nation. Smollett has had a lot of examples to go by.

This has to stop.

There are actual victims out there, who deserve their cases to be given fair and serious consideration.

Shame on Smollett.

He doesn’t need to be on TV, drawing an audience.

He needs to be pushed out of the spotlight, where he can wallow in his disgrace and really put thought into how he can redeem his life.

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