Media Claim Two MAGA Fans Attacked Black Actor — Now Questions Are Emerging

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January 30, 2019Jan 30, 2019

The internet was sent into a whirlwind of rage earlier this week when it was reported that openly gay, black actor Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked by two Trump supporters.

Smollett, best known for his role on “Empire,” was reportedly walking around Chicago at roughly 2 a.m. when he was approached by two unidentified men.

The Boston Globe reported:

“Smollett, 35, was walking on the 300th block of E. North Lower Water Street around 2 a.m. local time on Tuesday, "when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him," the Chicago Police Department said in a statement to The Washington Post. ‘"The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim."

The police could not confirm the gender of the offenders nor identify the chemical substance."

TMZ poured fuel on the fire, adding some incendiary claims on top of the alleged crime.

TMZ reported:

“Empire" star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, 'This is MAGA country.'

Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We're told when shortly after he walked out on his way home, someone yelled, ‘Aren't you that f***ot 'Empire' n*****?’"

However, the Chicago Police Department said they don’t have any record that the attackers shouted “MAGA” at all.

"We have no record of The MAGA Country comment,” the "We have racial and homophobic comments documented.”

Further, surveillance footage reviewed by CBS News shows Smollett walking around but does not show any assault. They also do not have any physical evidence that an assault occurred.

“Chicago police tell CBS News that they don’t yet physical evidence proving the crime happened, but police have not said the claims are untrue,” CBS reporter David Begnaud tweeted.

The truth will eventually come out.

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