Anti-Trump CNN was forced to report on Saturday that it appears “Empire” star Jussie Smullett paid two men to orchestrate the attack on him that he blamed on Trump supporters last month.
CNN spoke to “two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation” to confirm the stunning development.
“The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of ‘new evidence.’ The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement,” CNN reported.
Smollett, an openly gay actor, first claimed he was attacked by two men who were yelling racist and homophobic slurs. He also reportedly claimed they shouted “This is MAGA country” and put a rope around his neck.
However, the new CNN report indicates the jig is up.
“The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at a hardware store in Chicago,” the report added.
Ironically, Smollett recently lashed out at people who doubted his version of events, even playing the race card during a GMA interview.
"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," Smollett said. "And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.”
Several high-profile liberals, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, previously expressed support for Smollett, despite the glaring red flags about his story.
"The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all," Pelosi tweeted.
If it's proven that Smollett coordinated his own attack, what should his punishment be?