There’s been another huge development in the strange case of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack by President Trump supporters.
The openly gay actor claims he was assaulted last month by two men who shouted “This is MAGA country!” and yelled racist and anti-gay slurs at him before beating him up, dumping bleach on his head, and stringing a rope around his neck.
In response, the Chicago Police combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance footage from the area where the attack supposedly happened in the middle of the night when Smollett said he was going to Subway to get a sandwich. All they came up with, aside from footage of Smollett walking, was video of two hooded figures strolling across the street from the actor.
On Thursday afternoon, Police confirmed that they had found those two mysterious figures and picked them up at the airport to question them, according to Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel.
Oddly enough, they happened to be an extra from “Empire” and his close friend.
Now here’s the really interesting part. During a “Good Morning America” appearance that aired Thursday morning, Smollett confirmed that the mysterious figures in the surveillance footage are the men who attacked him. Now the Chicago Police are saying that the two mysterious figures in the video are associated with Smollett.
If everyone’s correct, that would mean that Smollett was attacked by one or two people that knew him, not some random racist Trump supporters. Oh, and those two men are black, according to local WGN reporter Ben Bradley.
This new information is feeding into doubts from people who have long been suspicious about the alleged attack due to Smollett’s bizarre behavior afterward and a notable lack of evidence. His extremely virulent public criticisms of Trump had led people to wonder if he faked an attack by Trump supporters in order to damage the president politically and bolster the fake narrative that Trump supporters are a bunch of violent haters.
According to TMZ sources, which have not always provided accurate information in this case, the “Empire” extra and his friend were picked up by police at the O’Hare Airport after police tracked them to the spot of the alleged attack based on “rideshare and/or taxicab records.”
Smollett doubled-down on his claims that he’s telling the truth during his “Good Morning America” appearance. He lashed out at anyone who is expressing doubts, insinuating that they have racist motives.
“I feel like if I had said it was a Muslim, a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would support me a lot more," he said, insinuating that his attackers were white even though their skin was covered in cold-weather clothing, ski masks, and gloves. "And I feel like that's an issue in our country right now."