Investigators finally know why “Empire” star Jussie Smollett allegedly staged a hate crime attack, according to a new report from CBS Chicago.
Smollett was allegedly outraged that a racist letter reportedly sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” so he concocted a plan to stage the attack intended to smear Trump supporters.
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a CBS Chicago. “Other sources corroborated that information.
Reporter Charlie De Mar spoke to the two brothers accused of helping Smollett fake the attack earlier this week.
“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” the brothers said in a joint statement.
Smollett first told police two men attacked him, shouted homophobic and racist slurs before pouring bleach on him and putting a rope around his neck.
Police no longer consider him a victim of a crime.
Meanwhile, a grand jury could reportedly hear the Jussie Smollett case as early as next week, according to TMZ.
“Law enforcement sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ, the 2 brothers who were arrested and then released are staying somewhere around the Loop in downtown Chicago under the watchful eye of police so no one gets to them,” the report added. “We’re told cops especially want to make sure Jussie does not contact the brothers.”
Smollett could be in serious trouble if a grand jury hands down an indictment for faking a hate crime. He could be in even more trouble if he had anything to do with the racist letter sent to the “Empire” studios.