Things are getting distinctly more complicated for “Empire”
star, Jussie Smollett.
As I pointed out over the weekend, he lied about being
attacked by a couple of white MAGA marauders on a bitterly cold Chicago street,
in the very early morning hours of January 29.
The actual culprits rounded up were a pair of extras from
the set of Smollett’s show, Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo.
According to Smollett’s tale of woe, he had decided to brave
the freezing temperatures of those mean Chicago streets that night, because he
desperately desired a sammich from Subway at 2am.
I prefer Jersey Mike’s, but I don’t know that I’d get out walking on the coldest night of the year at 2am to get a sub from there.
As the tale unfolds from there, according to what Smollett
told the authorities, two assailants attacked him, uttering foul words of
racial and homophobic flavor, put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on
him, and shouted, “This is MAGA country!”
A frigid Chicago street, at 2am is MAGA country.
What followed was the hysterical glee of the left, as they
shook their fists, clutched their pearls, and decried the hateful tenor of
This poor, gay African-American man – targeted and attacked –
and OH, how the outrage flowed!
Law enforcement investigated the case as a hate crime. After
pouring over hours of footage from multiple security cameras in the area and
finding only the Osundairo brothers (along with Smollett alone at the Subway
store) on the streets that night, they located them and pulled them in on
By the 15th, the brothers were released, with no
Since that time, authorities have expressed a desire to speak with Smollett again, but he’s retreated to the shadows of his legal representatives.
On Wednesday, Chicago law enforcement announced the latest twist to the tale: Smollett is no longer considered a “victim” of a racist, homophobic attack, but a suspect.
“Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
It seems that of those things that have emerged from their
interview with the Osundairo brothers is that they bought the rope that was
casually looped around Smollett’s neck (He
strolled into his hotel and past staff with the rope still around his neck, but
didn’t ask anyone for help).
Authorities are investigating whether Smollett paid the
brothers to help stage the attack. There has been some rumors that Smollett’s
role with “Empire” was about to end. What better way to save your job than to
create a high profile case of victimhood for yourself? Certainly the writers
and producers of the show wouldn’t risk cutting a brave “victim” from their
ranks, at the height of the controversy, would they?
Currently, the big wigs with the show are denying that this
was the case.
Well, what are they
supposed to say?
Others have speculated that the staged attack was to build
up support for an upcoming concert.
Then there were those cloying fluff pieces from the media,
with little to no room allowed for considering the details of the case.
Smollett was treated as a hero of the special interest set, and no one wondered
how Trump supporters knew who he was, why they were walking the streets of
Chicago at 2am, with a noose in one hand and bleach in the other, or how they
knew where to find him.
Smollet has told police he was on the phone with his manager during the alleged attack, and the manager said he heard the attackers say, “This is MAGA country.” The actor refused to hand over his cellphone to police, but later gave investigators a PDF file containing a limited list of his calls.
It seems to me, that if you want to get to the bottom of an
attack on you, and you know you had nothing to do with it, you would be fully
cooperating with law enforcement.
In his first interview about the incident last week, the actor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was angry about the alleged attack and that people were doubting him.
“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more, and that says a lot about the place we are in our country right now,” Smollett said.
That you feel you have to create an elaborate tale of
victimhood, with yourself in the starring role also says a lot about where we
are in our country, right now.