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Eddie T. Johnson is the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. He was born in Cabrini-Green Homes, public housing projects, located on the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois and, at age 9, moved to the Washington Heights, where he still lives.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Friday on 16 felony counts following his Chicago attack allegations.

A spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney Office did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. A lawyer for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM'

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Chicago Police opened an internal investigation into Smollet's case.

In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, a spokesperson for the force confirmed that "an internal investigation has been opened."

"I would like to point out that a lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation," the statement continued. "As a standard procedure when there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities."

JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S ALLEGED CHICAGO ATTACK DETAILS UNFOLD: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

In January, Smollett told police that he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a sandwich shop in the early morning on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled, "This is MAGA country" — an apparent reference to President Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" — before fleeing.

But that isn't how police say it all went down.

Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct. After turning himself in, a judge set Smollett's bond for $100,000 and he was released from jail. If convicted, he will face up to three years behind bars.

According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett paid Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo by check for a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

'EMPIRE' ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S BOND SET AT $100G, JUDGE CALLS EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM 'OUTRAGEOUS'

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference last month that police found the "check that [Smollett] used to pay [two brothers]" to fake the beating, adding he paid them $3,500 "for the two of them in total, and then $500 upon return."

He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the (air quotes) 'staged attack' where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted.”

Smollett has maintained his innocence. The actor's legal counsel told Fox News after Smollett was accused of filing the fake police report that the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S LAWYERS BLAST AUTHORITIES, SAY ACTOR WAS 'BETRAYED BY A SYSTEM THAT WANTS TO SKIP DUE PROCESS'

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election," his team continued.

"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

Fox News' Sasha Savitsky and Julius Young contributed to this report, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

ABC7 Chicago

Published  1 month ago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records.

The Cook county State's Attorney's Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

Smollett was originally charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Feb. 20.

Now the grand jury has returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

The TV actor claimed he was the victim of a vicious hate crime in the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. He said two men physically attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs, threw a chemical liquid on him and looped a rope around his neck.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct for filing false police report, prosecutors say

The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges. The first set are related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with his their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.

The second set of charges are related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day.

RELATED: Brothers told police Smollett was upset threatening letter didn't get enough attention, staged attack

The new set of charges each carry a possible sentence of probation to four years. Smollett already pleaded not guilty to the first disorderly conduct charge. He was taken into custody and posted $100,000 bond to be freed.

Experts believe it is likely he will strike a plea deal and potentially not spend time in prison.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett out on bond after being accused of staging attack

Two days after the alleged attack, Chicago police released surveillance images of two people they said they considered persons of interest in the attack.

But the investigation turned on Smollett. He's now accused of allegedly orchestrating the attack with the Osundairo brothers, who he knew. One brother was an extra on "Empire" and the other was Smollett's personal trainer.

Smollett had also reported a threatening letter sent to him on the "Empire" set containing a white powder, a week before the alleged attack. The letter is currently in the FBI crime lab for analysis, sources said, and experts believe Smollett could face federal charges for allegedly sending the letter.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett alleged hoax may cast doubt on real hate crimes, advocates fear

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the actor initially faked a letter using racist and homophobic language. When that didn't get attention, Johnson said, Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 via personal check to stage the attack, because he was "dissatisfied with his salary."

RELATED: Jussie Smollett's character to be removed from 'Empire', producers say

cwbchicago

Published  1 month ago

Embattled TV star Jussie Smollett's legal problems have just become significantly more serious as a Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count true bill of charges against him in connection with his alleged falsification of a hate crime in Streeterville in late January.

Smollet was charged with a single count of felony disorderly conduct-false report last month based on allegations brought by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

But, CWBChicago has learned that a grand jury has now returned a total of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct-false report against the former star of Empire on Fox.

The grand jury's true bill states that Smollett lied about the attack to two separate police officers--the beat cop who took his initial report and a detective who conducted a follow-up interview the same day.

In one set of charges, the grand jury found that Smollet filed a false police report around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29th in which he told an officer that he was attacked near 341 East Lower North Water Street by two unknown men who were dressed in black and one of whom wore a ski mask. The jury further found that Smollett told the original officer that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs and struck him in the face with their hands. The police report connected to these charges also indicate that Smollett claimed that a noose had been placed around his neck and a "chemical" had been poured on him.

The second set of charges returned by the grand jury involves Smollett's alleged false reporting of the incident to a police detective later the same day. Additional details that Smollett apparently included in the second interview include: the men approached him from behind, Smollett fought back, and all three men fell to the ground where Smollett said he was kicked in the back and felt someone pulling on his neck. During this interview, Smollett also told the officer that one offender was a white male wearing a black mask with an open area around the eyes that exposed the attacker's skin, the grand jury found.

While announcing the initial charge against Smollett last month, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said his department believed that Smollett was also responsible for mailing a threat letter to himself that set the stage for the purported hate crime. Nonetheless, no charges were brought against Smollett in connection with the letter by the grand jury.

The new charges against Smollett each carry a potential sentence of probation to three years if convicted. Realistically, though, Smollett is unlikely to be convicted on more than a fraction of the charges. Most Cook County criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains in which a defendant pleads guilty to one and, rarely, two counts of an indictment in return for a favorable sentence. Only by going to trial do most defendants run the real risk of being convicted of more than one or two counts. Even in the worst case scenario of conviction on multiple counts, any jail sentences would almost certainly be ordered served concurrently.

National news outlets have been reporting since Smollett's arrest that he had already been "indicted" by a grand jury. As CWBChicago has repeatedly reported, those outlets were incorrect. Shortly before Smollett's arrest, a grand jury was convened in a so-called "John Doe case," a legal maneuver that is designed to lock in the testimony of key witnesses under oath to minimize the risk of that testimony changing later and to preserve the testimony should a witness go missing.

Smollett's attorneys are due back in court next week.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

GOP Senators are trying to reward 300,000 Indian visa workers for taking college jobs from at least 200,000 American graduates.

Conservative Tribune

Published  1 month ago

Two Nigerian brothers at the center of the Jussie Smollett incident have issued an apology.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson claimed that there is a slew of evidence that "Empire" star Jussie Smollett staged his own hate crime.

USA TODAY

Published  1 month ago

In writing a book about hate crime hoaxes, I found more than 400. Such frauds damage good race relations.

The hate attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett is now alleged to be a hoax. That shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Smollett’s story was bizarre, bordering on the absurd. He claimed to have been attacked — at 2:00am in Chicago — by two men, in some early reports, wearing red MAGA hats, who called him “that Empire n_____,” yelled “this is MAGA country,” and poured bleach on him while putting a noose around his neck.

The questions here are obvious. How many Trump supporters even exist in the downtown of a city that went 83% for Hillary Clinton — and how many of them watch "Empire?" How many guys looking for a fight carry rope and bottles of bleach around with them? Almost every normal citizen had questions like these about this incident, and we were justified in having them.

That this case turned out to be a hoax shouldn't come as too big of a shock. A great many hate crime stories turn out to be hoaxes. Simply looking at what happened to the most widely reported hate crime stories over the past 4-5 years illustrates this: not only the Smollett case but also the Yasmin Seweid, Air Force Academy, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin-Parkside, Kean College, Covington Catholic, and “Hopewell Baptist burning” racial scandals all turned out to be fakes. And, these cases are not isolated outliers.

Doing research for a book, Hate Crime Hoax, I was able to easily put together a data set of 409 confirmed hate hoaxes. An overlapping but substantially different list of 348 hoaxes exists at fakehatecrimes.org, and researcher Laird Wilcox put together another list of at least 300 in his still-contemporary book Crying Wolf. To put these numbers in context, a little over 7,000 hate crimes were reported by the FBI in 2017 and perhaps 8-10% of these are widely reported enough to catch the eye of a national researcher.

(Photo11: Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty Images)

Why do hoaxers hoax? In some cases, the motivations are tawdry and financial. Jussie Smollett allegedly wanted to make himself a sympathetic figure to boost his salary.

However, the motivations of many hoaxers are honorable if misguided. In college campus hate hoax cases (Kean College, U-Chicago), the individuals responsible almost invariably say that they staged incidents to call attention to real incidents of racist violence on campus. Certainly, the media giants that leap to publicize hate crime stories later revealed to be fakes, and the organizations that line up to defend their “victims” — the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter, CAIR — think that they are providing a public service by fighting bigotry.

More commentary: Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crime

News: Jussie Smollett suspended from ‘Empire’ after prosecutors said he faked attack to boost salary

However, hate crime hoaxers are “calling attention to a problem” that is a very small part of total crimes. There is very little brutally violent racism in the modern USA. There are less than 7,000 real hate crimes reported in a typical year. Inter-racial crime is quite rare; 84% of white murder victims and 93% of Black murder victims are killed by criminals of their own race, and the person most likely to kill you is your ex-wife or husband. When violent inter-racial crimes do occur, whites are at least as likely to be the targets as are minorities. Simply put, Klansmen armed with nooses are not lurking on Chicago street corners.

In this context, what hate hoaxers actually do is worsen generally good race relations, and distract attention from real problems. As Chicago’s disgusted top cop, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, pointed out yesterday, skilled police officers spent four weeks tracking down Smollett’s imaginary attackers — in a city that has seen 28 murders as of Feb. 9th, according to The Chicago Tribune. We all, media and citizens alike, would be better served to focus on real issues like gun violence and the opiate epidemic than on fairy tales like Jussie’s.

Wilfred Reilly is an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, a historically Black institution located in Frankfort. He is the author of the upcoming book Hate Crime Hoax, as well as The $50,000,000 Question, a book dealing with how people value identity.

The Sun

Published  1 month ago

DISGRACED actor Jussie Smollett told officers he has a drug problem as they arrested him for allegedly staging a “racist and homophobic” street attack to boost his career, according to …

Conservative News Today

Published  1 month ago

There is reportedly “a lot more evidence” indicating that Jussie Smollett staged his own hate crime.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson revealed that there is a lot of information leading investigators to believe the “Empire” actor was not actually the victim in the hate crime he alleged took place last month, speaking with “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts on Monday.

“Let me just put this out there first and foremost right now that he still has the presumption of innocence until he has his day in court,” Johnson said.

“There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet that doesn’t support the version that he gave us. There’s still a lot of video evidence, physical evidence and testimony that doesn’t support what he said happened,” he said.

Johnson explained that Chicago police regarded the 36-year-old actor as the victim and treated the alleged assault as a hate crime from the outset.

“The entire time we investigated the incident he was treated like a victim,” he said, discussing Smollett’s claim before his arrest for disorderly conduct and for filing a false police report, alleging two men had attacked him, poured a chemical on him and put a rope around his neck, while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

“I refused to characterize Jussie Smollett as a suspect unless we had concrete evidence,” Johnson said.

“The 47th hour that we had those two individuals in custody is when it changed,” he said, referring to brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo who were apprehended for 48 hours and became “cooperating witnesses” in the 47th hour, adding that investigators “gathered up a lot of evidence and facts before then.”

“We worked very closely with their lawyer,” Johnson told Roberts, citing the $3,500 check from Smollett to the two men.

The actor was also accused of sending himself hate mail to the “Empire” set. Investigation of the letter, which reportedly contained “MAGA” messages and what turned out to be a harmless white powder, in being conducted by the FBI. Smollett could face up to 10 years behind bars if he is convicted of mail fraud, according to Fox News.

“If he mailed that threatening letter to himself by using the post office, he engaged in postal fraud. That’s five to 10 years in jail — that’s three times what he’s facing for filing a false report if the feds want to go there,” Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said.

Johnson leveled a blistering statement about Smollett in a press conference after the actor turned himself into Chicago police last week.

Meanwhile, the Police Superintendent emphasized on “Good Morning America” that the Chicago police were not out to get the actor, having initially sympathized with him after his report.

“What’s important for people to realize is it’s not that the Chicago police saying he did something. It’s the evidence, the facts, the witnesses that are saying this,” Johnson maintained.

“The Chicago Police Department has its issues with racism and excessive force and all of that. And I’m acutely aware of that,” Johnson acknowledged. “But we didn’t earn this particular incident and I just refuse to let us take that shot if we have evidence of the contrary.”

“I want people to understand that (filing a false police report) is a damaging thing to a city and to a police department. It’s my responsibility to make sure the record gets set straight,” he said. “I just hope people don’t judge other people that are victims of these types of crimes.”

AP News

Published  2 months ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 10 a.m. Chicago investigators say they used public and private surveillance footage to track the...

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

Jussie Smollett was in it for the money. He was “dissatisfied with his salary” and thought a fake hate crime would be a good way to up his income. That’s the word from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who blasted Smollett for leading cops on a wild goose chase.

According to CPD’s top cop, Smollett was willing to drag “Chicago’s reputation through the mud” and took “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

As I argued earlier, the most disturbing piece of this story is that Smollett was apparently willing to testify against innocent people in order to keep the hoax alive. His accusation also impugned a wide swath of Trump supporters – not just in Chicago, but all over the country.

President Trump addressed that point on Twitter:

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.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019

If Smollett was ‘dissatisfied’ with his salary before, just imagine how he’ll feel when he’s making 80 cents an hour in prison…

The views expressed in this opinion article are those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by the owners of this website.

TheWrap

Published  2 months ago

Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson called out celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates on Thursday for their decision to amplify coverage of what he said was the “phony attack” against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

“The accusation within this phony attack received national attention for weeks,” Johnson told reporters during a press conference. “Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.

“This announcement today recognized that ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson continued, adding that the star had staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary on the Fox show.

Cops: 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was 'Dissatisfied With His Salary'

“I am left hanging my head asking ‘why?’ Why would anyone — especially an African American man — use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusation,” Johnson added. “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city … I’m offended by what happened and I am also angry.”

See Jussie Smollett's Mug Shot (Photo)

In the weeks after the attack was reported, major journalists and Hollywood figures seized on the story to suggest the incident was reflective of a broader trend.

“This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” Sen. Kamala Harris said at the time.

“To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime — I urge you to pay attention,” added Sen. Cory Booker.

Both are running for president in 2020.

Smollett turned himself into police early Thursday morning after being charged by authorities with filing a false police report.

“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” the department’s chief communications officers Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter Thursday morning. “At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court.”

The arrest capped a three week investigation during which Smollett started as a victim but later evolved into the prime suspect behind the assault.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

20th Century Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Just hours before the charges were revealed however, the network reiterated their support for the actor.

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” the company said.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Jussie Smollett's character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox's "Empire," the show's creators said Friday.

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out," executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer told Fox News.

"We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season," the statement continued.

The second half of Season 5 of "Empire" returns to Fox on March 13.

The statement comes after Smollett returned to the Chicago set of "Empire" on Thursday just hours after posting bail on a felony disorderly conduct charge.

Earlier on Thursday, Fox said: "We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options."

Smollett walked out of the Cook County jail in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, about two hours after a hearing in which the judge set his bond at $100,000. Taking a stern tone, the judge called his alleged staging of a hate crime "outrageous."

CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM'

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he'll face up to three years in prison.

Chicago police laid out their case against Smollett Thursday morning, accusing the TV star of orchestrating an elaborate hoax via two "bogus" hate crimes -- one employing an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter -- all in order to secure a pay raise.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Jussie Smollett's legal team on Thursday criticized the Chicago Police for what the department referred to as the "Empire" actor's "phony attack."

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference that Smollett orchestrated the incident, in which he claimed he was assaulted by two men in late January, in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM'

In a statement obtained by Fox News, the 36-year-old Smollett's legal counsel said the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system.

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election," his team continued.

"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Smollett was charged Wednesday night with felony disorderly conduct and turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. A judge set Smollett's bond for $100,000 later on Thursday.

OPINION: IF SMOLLETT IS GUILTY, HE MUST PAY — HATE CRIMES ARE SERIOUS, FAKING THEM SHOULD BE, TOO

While Smollett is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the police superintendent implied that Smollett did, in fact, fake the attack.

“This is shameful because it painted this city that we all love and work hard in, in a negative connotation," Johnson said. "To insinuate and stage a hate crime of that nature when he knew that as a celebrity he’d get a lot of attention … It’s despicable. It makes you wonder what’s going through someone’s mind.”

"As a black man, who spent his entire life living the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it's been for our city and our nation to come together," he said. Johnson added that "absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared ... admitting what he did and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of all the resources that were put into this."

Smollett ultimately posted bail and was released Thursday afternoon before he returned to the Chicago set of "Empire,"

Fox News' Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

Sean Hannity

Published  2 months ago

Chicago Police Department Chief Eddie Johnson shed new light on their ongoing investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s felony charge Thursday; saying the ‘Empire’ star’s wounds and bruises were “likely self-inflicted.”

“The brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted,” said Johnson.

The revelation comes hours after Smollett was taken into custody by Chicago law enforcement for allegedly “staging” a hate-crime because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

"The brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted," Chicago PD chief Eddie Johnson said. https://t.co/MfyQuQi1uf pic.twitter.com/29qTT2oOio

— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2019

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Following the arrest of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime attack -- which included a rope being placed around his neck -- Epix has reportedly pulled an episode of its documentary series “America Divided” that features the actor exploring the subject of hate crimes and lynching in the state of Tennessee.

As previously reported, Smollett, who is openly gay, is accused of filing a false police report and was charged with felony disorderly conduct in Chicago after a three-week investigation by detectives. Police say they’ve determined that his report of an attack by two people who called him a “n-----,” “f--” and shouted “This is MAGA country” was false and apparently orchestrated and paid for by Smollett himself. The "Empire" star also claimed that the men doused him with bleach, put a rope around his neck and beat him.

As a result of the allegations and arrest, Smollett's episode of “America Divided” has now been cast in a significantly different light, its director said.

“When the news initially came out, we were horrified by the story and for myself, it’s hard to get away from the coincidence,” series’ director Lucian Read told Variety. “Of course in this country, we believe in innocent until proven guilty, but assuming the allegations are true, I wonder whether coincidence is the right word — to take this truth about hate crimes and turn it into a fiction like that, it’s remarkable.”

He continued: “It seems both an incredible coincidence and also proof of the terrible things that happen in this country.”

“In light of – and with respect to – the sensitivities around recent events, we can confirm that Epix is no longer making available the episode of ‘America Divided’ featuring Jussie Smollett,” a spokesperson for Epix told Fox News in a statement.

Season 2, Episode 4 of the show, reportedly saw Smollett visit that National memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. to discuss lynching. He spoke with founder Bryan Stevenson and later sat down with the local spokesperson for the family of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general. It reportedly concluded with an interview with a 98-year-old whose brother was a victim of Lynching in 1939.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett, 36, orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

However, Smollett has maintained his innocence. In a statement obtained by Fox News, the 36-year-old Smollett's legal counsel said the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system.

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election," his team continued.

"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Chicago Police held a press conference Thursday morning on the Jussie Smollett hate hoax after the actor’s arrest. The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he’s “offended and angry” over Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax crime while he delivered an emotional press conference. Mr. Johnson blasted Smollett’s staged attack as “shameful” then ripped into the Democrat […]

The Sun

Published  2 months ago

DISGRACED Jussie Smollett was slammed by Chicago police today for “taking advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career”. The Empire actor is in custody and could face…

HuffPost

Published  2 months ago

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Jussie Smollett is accused of staging an attack on himself because he was “dissatisfied with his salary,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday.

The “Empire” actor on Wednesday was charged with a felony for filing a false report in the racist and homophobic assault he claimed to have suffered in Chicago last month. He turned himself in to police custody early Thursday.

Smollett was paid $65,000 per episode for his co-starring role in the most recent season of “Empire,” a well-placed source told HuffPost. On average, there are 18 episodes of “Empire” per season.

Johnson said during a press briefing that Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack that garnered national attention for weeks.

Police initially investigated the incident as a hate crime, but they began to suspect the actor after reviewing footage from more than 50 security cameras in the area and interviewing the men they had in custody. The men told police that Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary.

Smollett claimed two masked men attacked him on Jan. 29, wrapped a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs and said, “this is MAGA country” before fleeing the scene.

Johnson said Smollett first sent himself a threatening letter with homophobic and racial slurs before allegedly paying the men to attack him. Some of the scratches and bruises seen on Smollett’s face in pictures he took after the incident were likely self-inflicted, Johnson said.

Smollett has shamed the city, Johnson said, adding that the “publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve.”

“Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?” Johnson asked. “How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?”

“I wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention,” he added.

Smollett could face up to three years in prison.

Zero Hedge

Published  2 months ago

If convicted, Smollett faces up to three years in prison.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Hate hoax actor Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in custody of Chicago police.

Smollett turned himself in at 5 AM this morning.

You just gotta love the image in the Chicago police tweet.

Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019

In a few hours he will be transferred to appear before a judge.

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in the “custody of detectives” Thursday morning, Chicago police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said.

Smollett, who had felony criminal charges approved against him Wednesday, turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Smollett was charged just hours after he was “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report” in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report” charges.

Washington Free Beacon

Published  2 months ago

Actor Jussie Smollett's emotional ABC interview last week about the supposed hate crime he experienced has become even more cringe-worthy when juxtaposed with the Chicago Police Department's superintendent blasting him Thursday for filing a false report, hurting real victims and using race issues to further his career.

With "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts failing to press him on the many extraordinary details and holes in his story, Smollett expressed outrage he was being doubted by anyone, cried at the idea that his assailants wouldn't be caught, and reiterated that he was targeted because of his strong words against the Trump administration.

"You do such a disservice when you lie about things like this," Smollett said last week, after claiming for weeks he had been attacked by Donald Trump supporters, called racist and homophobic slurs, had a rope tied around his neck, and bleach poured on him.

Now, Chicago police say the entire claim was bogus from the start. Investigators charged Smollett with disorderly conduct by filing a false police report, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. They said Smollett paid two brothers he knew to "attack" him, after a hoax hate letter he sent himself didn't get the attention he wanted as he sought higher pay on the show "Empire."

CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed outrage at a news conference on Thursday about the case, saying Smollett had smeared Chicago and manipulated the country's sensitivity on race in order to boost himself.

Support and praise poured in from celebrities and Democrats after the news first broke of the purported attack on Jan. 29, including presidential candidates hailing his courage and slamming the "modern-day lynching." Now, many of the candidates being asked for comment have said they want to wait for all the facts.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

Johnson said at a news conference Thursday that Smollett also sent a racist and homophobic threatening letter to himself at the Fox studio lot before the attack. He said Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT IS UNDER ARREST, IN CUSTODY OF CHICAGO POLICE

"I'm left hanging my head and asking why," a visibly upset Johnson told reporters. "Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol...how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?"

He added, "Bogus police reports cause real harm."

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he is facing up to three years in prison.

Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled "This is MAGA country" — an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" — before fleeing.

Johnson said Smollett's actions are a "scar that Chicago didn't earn and certainly didn't deserve.

"As a black man, who spent his entire life living the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it's been for our city and our nation to come together," he said Thursday. He added that "absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared....admitting what he did and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of all the resources that were put into this."

In less than a month, the 36-year-old changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing.

The felony charge emerged on the same day detectives and the two brothers testified before a grand jury. Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and police, but it was unknown what they discussed or whether Smollett attended the meeting.

In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday, Smollett's attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said the actor "enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked."

Police say the investigation shifted after they questioned two brothers who were in the area that morning. Police said Thursday that Smollett spoke to two brothers an hour before and an hour after he says they helped the actor stage last month's attack.

SMOLLETT'S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO COPS CLAIM HE'S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Police also said that Smollett paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the attack and "drag Chicago's reputation through the mud in the process."

Detective Commander Edward Wodnicki said at the news conference that after questioning the brothers for nearly two days last week, they were released and investigators no longer viewed them as suspects.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sean Hannity

Published  2 months ago

New details continued to emerge surrounding ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s arrest Thursday, with the Chicago Police Department saying the celebrity “staged” the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

“JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett ‘paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” posted ABC News.

JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett "paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary." https://t.co/5AiMcfe6iH pic.twitter.com/0za7CEbVtv

— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019

“Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic, and political language. When that didn’t’ work Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack… Why? The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” confirmed the police department.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

CNN’s Van Jones compared "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to Jackie Robinson on Thursday during a rant about how beneficial the actor has been to the “black community.”

Mediaite

Published  2 months ago

President Donald Trump weighed in on the alleged hate crime hoax committed by Jussie Smollett on Thursday.

“What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments,” he asked Smollett.

.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019

The Empire actor was arrested on Thursday and was charged with filing a false police report about his alleged hate crime.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Smollett staged the attack because “he was dissatisfied with his salary” on the show.

“To put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is simply shameful,” Johnson continued. “I am also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes. Now, of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of events with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. My concern is that hate crimes while now publicly be met with the level of skepticism that previously didn’t happen.”

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Sean Hannity

Published  2 months ago

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is “under arrest and in the custody” of Chicago law enforcement Thursday morning; surrendering to police after felony charges were filed that claimed he knowingly filed a false police report and lied to investigators regarding a potential hate crime.

“Smollett was charged just hours after he was ‘officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation’ for allegedly ‘filing a false police report’ in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the ‘Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report’ charges,” reports Fox News.

Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019

“Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court,” confirmed the Communications Officer with the Chicago Police Department.

Read the full report at Fox News.

WayneDupree.com

Published  2 months ago

By Zachary Leeman | February 21, 2019

It took only three weeks for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to go from being a hero of the Left to a disgraced, exposed liar — who now may be facing jail time.

The actor’s story about being attacked by two white Trump supporters in Chicago fell apart when he couldn’t keep the details straight and the police investigation began.

Smollett allegedly hired two Nigerian brothers to carry out his “attack” — and he’s now facing a charge for disorderly conduct.

Smollett is currently in police custody and will see a judge this afternoon.

He turned himself in to the police at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

During a Thursday press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett lied about the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

Johnson said Smollett “attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language.”

He sent the letter to the “Empire” set; Smollett tried to use it later as proof he was attacked.

Police are also saying that any bruises and scratches to Smollett’s face following the “attack” were likely self-inflicted.

Johnson made sure to say that the Smollett case did not take attention away from other investigations on the part of the Chicago Police Department.

“Any time a hate crime is reported in the city of Chicago, it gets the same attention. This didn’t get any special attention. You all gave this more attention specifically than we do,” he told the assembled media on Thursday morning.

Johnson also said Smollett’s interview with “Good Morning America,” in which he described his “attack,” was “shameful.”

“Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did — and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of [the] resources put into this,” he added.

For more on this story, check out this video:

This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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ABC7 Los Angeles

Published  2 months ago

Chicago police are "eager" to again speak again with "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett about his alleged attack after two brothers were arrested in connection with the attack agreed to cooperate with police, sources said Saturday evening.

Zero Hedge

Published  2 months ago

"Police are investigating whether the two individuals committed the attack - or whether the attack happened at all"

ABC7 Chicago

Published  2 months ago

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

ABC7 Chicago

Published  2 months ago

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

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Mail Online

Published  2 months ago

The two African American brothers have not been named since they were picked up at Chicago O'Hare airport on Wednesday night after returning from a trip to Nigeria to see family. 

ABC7 Chicago

Published  2 months ago

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

Homeland Security

Published  2 months ago

Chicago police say they will be requesting more phone records from "Empire" star Jussie Smollett regarding the racist and homophobic attack he allegedly faced two weeks ago. Smollett has turned over heavily redacted phone records, but evidence has begun to emerge suggesting his story was fabricated. Rumors are swirling that police are even considering charging him with filing a false report.

On Monday night, Fox 32 Chicago anchor Rafer Weigel reported that police "received cell phone records today from Smollett's camp. They were limited and redacted but detectives will analyze them."

Update on #Smollett: @Chicago_Police received cell phone records today from Smollett’s camp. They were limited and redacted but detectives will analyze them and be in touch with #JussieSmollett if they have any other questions.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 11, 2019

Weigel had previously reported that the police superintendent plans to hold Smollett accountable if the investigation reveals he made a false report. "[Chicago Police Superintendent] Eddie Johnson says [Jussie Smollett] is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable," he tweeted. That threat seems more likely.

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

Late Monday evening, ABC7 Chicago reported that an empty hot sauce bottle that smelled like bleach was found near the location of the alleged attack. Smollett had told police that the attackers — who wore "Make America Great Again" hats and screamed "This is MAGA country!" — had poured an unknown bleach-smelling liquid on him and put a noose around his neck after they yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him at 2 a.m. on January 29.

Chicago police confirmed a New York Post story about the hot sauce bottle.

"It's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis," Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "The FBI is providing CPD with technical assistance on this case at our request. I'm not sure if the bottle went to their lab or one of ours."

As for the phone records, Guglielmi said, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation, however, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted. Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline."

Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case, nor have they been able to find any surveillance footage of the attack. There is speculation that the hot sauce bottle may have been placed after the fact to prop up the hoax if Smollett indeed made a false report.

New York Post

Published  2 months ago

CHICAGO — Nearly two weeks after “Empire” star Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, cops have yet to identify any suspects — and some people in his tony Chicago neighborhood are growing skeptical.

“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise near the Navy Pier as Smollett.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here … Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”

A patron at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged Jan. 29 incident, said Smollett’s story “doesn’t really make sense.”

“It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around,” said the man, who wouldn’t give his name. “They have cameras everywhere … Why can’t they find the attack?”

Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, Chicago police said Sunday that Smollett has yet to turn over data from his cellphone to verify that he was on the phone with his music manager, Brandon Moore, when he was allegedly attacked.

Moore has said he heard Smollett’s assailants shout a “racial slur” and the words “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

“We have no reason to doubt the statements, but for a criminal investigation, we need to independently confirm the phone records,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“We offered to take the phone to download the data and he expressed he couldn’t be without his phone for several hours.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has said that Smollett, 36, was being treated as a crime victim, but would be held accountable if cops learn he filed a false report.

Smollett told cops he was confronted by two men, one wearing a black mask, who hurled gay and racist epithets at him, calling him “’Empire’ f—-t n—-r” while he was walking home shortly before 2 a.m.

The assailants allegedly punched Smollett in the face, doused him with a liquid — believed to be bleach — and tied a rope around his neck in an underpass between the Sheraton and Loews Chicago hotels.

Last week, The Post traced Smollett’s likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad.

Near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, The Post found an empty hot sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.

The Post alerted police, who seized the bottle. Guglielmi said it was turned over to the FBI for analysis.

The FBI declined to comment.

Additional reporting by Bruce Golding

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

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I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

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STAR POLITICAL

Published  2 months ago

As more and more reports lead to nowhere and Actor Jussie Smollett begins to identify signs of being uncooperative with investigators, the Chicago PD has made one thing abundantly clear.

As noted by The Source, Jussie Smollett is in the hot seat after there have been several reports that the openly gay actor may have possibly filed a false report to police. If that’s the case, the Chicago Police Department promises to charge Smollett for making a false police report in regards to the alleged hate crime perpetrated against him on January 29th.

The investigation is still ongoing, but with the Empire actor refusing to hand his phone over to authorities, the 36-year old actor will have a hard time proving his case and avoiding jail time as his alleged assailants have managed to do.

In the meantime, Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson vehemently states that if Smollett is found to not be telling the truth he will be charged.

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

In another key step to finding out the truth about the alleged “Attack” Emily Zanotti reported that “CPD has subpoenaed Smollett’s phone records.” An effort that would not have been necessary if the Actor would have just provided them to the Department.

CPD has subpoenaed Smollett’s phone records, per a friend on the force. https://t.co/NuXHDejvJq

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) February 5, 2019

Smollett claimed he was on the phone with his manager at the time and his manager also made the same claim.

With the Subpoena lingering, it will be interesting to see what the phone records turn up.

Should they identify Smollett was not speaking with his manager at the time they may face charges for lying to investigators as well.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

Hoo boy. I suppose there’s no legal distinction between “being treated as the victim” and just flat-out “the victim,” but the qualifiers people use mean a lot. It sounds like Chicago police want to bend over backwards to not appear biased against a guy who has a big megaphone and lots of high-profile sympathizers. But…

STAR POLITICAL

Published  2 months ago

As more and more details emerge or “don’t” emerge in the alleged “Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Attack” the Chicago police have made a statement regarding the growing possibility Smollett may be lying.

According to The Daily Wire, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly told local media Tuesday that the Chicago Police Department will pursue a case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett if it turns out Smollett filed a false police report alleging a late night attack.

Smollett was allegedly attacked while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Chicago. Smollett says that two men approached him, targeted him with both racial and homophobic slurs, tossed a rope around his neck, and then poured an unspecified liquid on him, which may have been bleach. Smollett reported being injured in the attack, and later told law enforcement officials that the two attackers yelled “Welcome to MAGA country!” during the incident.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that Smollett was “reticent” to file a police report, but that another individual, present in Smollett’s apartment, encouraged him to call police and to seek medical attention. Smollett also refused to provide police with his phone, despite telling law enforcement that he had been on a call with his manager at the time of the attack.

The developments have led some to question Smollett’s version of the attack, even though the “Empire” star insists that his original version of events is the correct one, according to the Associated Press.

Rafer Weigel a Fox 32 reporter said Tuesday that he spoke to Police Superintendent Johnson and that Johnson told him Smollett is “still being treated as a victim” in his case, but that the police are pursuing all angles of the event.

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

UPDATE: TMZ is now reporting police are seeking an additional interview from Smollett.

Twitter users have noted from various articles that it looks like Smollett has been accounted for during every moment during his outing, except for a 60 second period.

So Jussie Smollett has now been accounted for on video all but 60 Secs..

It appears he was just looking for footlong.#Grinder pic.twitter.com/BzLu3U0vHd

— Kat #ISTANDWITHGENFLYNN (@KatTheHammer1) February 7, 2019

Adding even further skepticism, the official police report noted the alleged attack item the “white rope” as Smollet’s personal property, NOT a weapon.

Fact @JussieSmollett official police report lists the alleged attack item “white rope” as Smollet’s personal property NOT a weapon is huge

Only hate crime hear is a man desperate to drum up relevance for album he was releasing (or to cover something else) is priceless pic.twitter.com/GJKj04CrCN

— Obamaboozled (@Obamaboozled) February 6, 2019

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

  The Jussie Smollett hate hoax assualt is heading towards a disastrous conclusion.   Actor Jussie Smollett arrived in Chicago last Monday night. He was out to get fast food at 2 a.m.  when he was allegedly attacked by two Trump supporters in MAGA hats who recognized him in the freezing cold, beat him, poured […]

Daily Wire

Published  2 months ago

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly told local media Tuesday that the Chicago Police Department will pursue a case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett if it turns out Smollett filed a false police report alleging a late night attack.

Smollett was allegedly attacked while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Chicago. Smollett says that two men approached him, targeted him with both racial and homophobic slurs, tossed a rope around his neck, and then poured an unspecified liquid on him, which may have been bleach. Smollett reported being injured in the attack, and later told law enforcement officials that the two attackers yelled "Welcome to MAGA country!" during the incident.

A subsequent investigation by Chicago police revealed that, indeed, Smollett did walk several blocks to and from a Subway sandwich shop that evening, but that Smollett was on camera for all but about 60 seconds of his trip, during which Smollett reports the attack took place.

Although two individuals were pictured on security cameras near where Smollett says he was attacked, sources close to CPD told local media that those two individuals appear to be homeless and were in the vicinity between 15 and 30 minutes before Smollett arrived back at his apartment on East Water Street, just north of the Chicago River. Chicago Police also reportedly dismissed a neighbor's claim that a "redneck"-looking man was loitering behind Smollett's apartment building, according to Chicago crime watch blog, CWB Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that Smollett was "reticent" to file a police report, but that another individual, present in Smollett's apartment, encouraged him to call police and to seek medical attention. Smollett also refused to provide police with his phone, despite telling law enforcement that he had been on a call with his manager at the time of the attack.

The developments have led some to question Smollett's version of the attack, even though the "Empire" star insists that his original version of events is the correct one, according to the Associated Press.

Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel reported Tuesday that he spoke to Police Superintendent Johnson and that Johnson told him Smollett is "still being treated as a victim" in his case, but that the police are pursuing all angles of the event.

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

Sources close to the Chicago Police Department also tell The Daily Wire that police have filed a series of subpoenas in order to compel the production of Smollett's phone records from the night of the attack, a report apparently confirmed by CWB Chicago.

Police are also looking into the source of the rope Smollett says was placed around his neck during the attack. Initially, Smollett said the rope resembled a "noose," but upon closer examination, according to the Sun-Times, the rope appeared to be a thin "clothesline" which police believe came straight out of the package before it ended up around Smollett's neck (Smollett was still wearing the rope when police arrived to take his report, 45 minutes after the attack).

Investigators are reportedly "visiting retail stores" looking for surveillance camera footage of anyone buying a similar product in the days before the attack.

Fox News reporter Matt Finn also says that CPD is getting its "ducks in a row" for "possible interrogations" regarding the attack, but Finn did not provide details as to who or what might be interrogated.

#JussieSmollett updates

•CPD: no video yet of the “redneck” with a rope & redneck description didn’t match w suspects.

•Subway in hand? PD holding that detail to see if people coming forward match w/ they have on cam.

•CPD: getting ‘ducks in row’ for possible interrogations.

So far, the police do not appear to have any suspects or persons of interest in the case.

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Published  2 months ago

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Published  5 months ago

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Breaking911

Published  5 months ago

CHICAGO — Police investigating the alleged hate crime attack of ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett reportedly believe the incident was staged. Officers reportedly say the non-cooperating witnesses and persons of interest in the “attack” left the country. CBS Chicago broke the story: The men, who are both of Nigerian descent, have appeared as extras on the […]

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ABC7 Chicago

Published  6 months ago

CHICAGO --

Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday.

A source briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that Chicago police are questioning the two persons of interest -- one of whom has appeared on "Empire."

The law enforcement official also told ABC News that the homes of the persons of interest were raided Wednesday night. Police removed shoes, electronic devices and other items they believe could help them they determine if the two people played any role in the assault from those homes.

Chicago police said they "cannot confirm any of those reports." No charges have been filed.

Earlier, police said the two persons of interest are not suspects and have not been charged. Investigators are only talking with them at this time. The two were picked up Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport, police said.

Smollett said he was attacked around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 in the 300-block of East North Water Street in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. He told police two masked men shouted homophobic slurs at him, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach.

Smollett, 36, is black and openly gay.

RELATED: Jussie Smollett reflects on attack, aftermath on 'Good Morning America': 'I am not weak'

Police said they have not found surveillance video that shows the attack. But earlier in the investigation, they did release grainy surveillance images of two possible persons of interest. The photos show two silhouettes on New Street near Illinois Street between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 29.

In a statement released Thursday, police said they identified the two people in the surveillance photos and tracked them down using cameras, public transportation records and corroborating info provided by Smollett.

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Smollett spoke exclusively with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" Thursday. He reflected on what happened to him that morning and what has happened to him since.

"It's the attackers, but also the attacks," he said, adding of those who don't believe his story, "It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth."

Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for Chicago Police Department, said earlier Thursday morning that he watched the GMA interview with CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Guglielmi said Smollett's comments on GMA are consistent with what he's told Chicago police. Unfortunately, police have no solid evidence to arrest anyone at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mexico News Daily

Published  7 months ago

Mexican and US authorities have announced new security strategies including a joint investigative team to target cartel leaders and finances.

Fox News

Published  8 months ago

A woman was shot in the head and two others were killed in Chicago on Wednesday, days after the city saw a burst of gun violence that left at least 11 people dead.

The woman who was shot in the head was fleeing what police believe was an attempted robbery, The Chicago Sun Times reported. The 31-year-old was reportedly driving in the Englewood neighborhood of the South Side with two others when they approached a man they didn't know about 2 a.m.

Fearing they would be robbed, the woman reportedly drove from the scene. The male allegedly fired shots at the car and hit the woman in the head. She reportedly remains at the University of Chicago in critical condition.

On the city's West Side on Wednesday, two people were reportedly killed and another was wounded when the vehicle they were in was shot at and crashed.

With five people inside, the vehicle hit a pillar just before 4 a.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

A man, 21, was shot twice in the chest and once in the wrist, according to the newspaper. A 22-year-old woman was also shot, and both were pronounced dead after being transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A 19-year-old man who was traveling in the vehicle was shot in the chest and remains in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference on Tuesday that after the increased violence the city saw over a three-day span last weekend, additional officers would be deployed to the West and South Sides, where most of the shootings occurred.

At least 11 people — ages 11 to 63 — were killed and some 70 were wounded. One of the victims was a teenage boy who was riding his bike on Sunday afternoon.

Johnson announced that 400 additional officers have already been deployed, and that another 200 officers would be added by this coming weekend.

In order to achieve the increase, some officers will have their regular shifts extended, while others will have their days off canceled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sean Hannity

Published  8 months ago

Police in Chicago failed to make a single arrest following this weekend’s shooting spree that terrified neighborhoods across the city; urging local residents to come forward with any information that could help investigators.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Windy City’s top law enforcement officials came under fire from residents after the police failed to arrest a single suspect behind the recent spike in violence.

“The police said that the shootings mostly took place in four areas with high crime and high levels of gang activity, and that investigators are looking at whether they were retaliatory in nature. Some of the attacks were made on foot, others from cars, and some were met with return fire. But many of the victims were clearly not the intended targets, the police said,” writes the New York Times.

“We need everyone, especially our judicial partners, to start making repeat gun offenders feel consequences for their actions,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “We need everyone to come to the table with less talk, but more action.”

Read the full story at the NY Times.

USA TODAY

Published  8 months ago

There is a complicated environment in Chicago’s neighborhoods plagued by persistent gun violence in which few residents are willing to assist police and even fewer perpetrators are held accountable.

ABC7 Chicago

Published  8 months ago

Dozens of people were wounded in shootings across Chicago Sunday, police said.

ABC7 Chicago

Published  8 months ago

Dozens of people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago Sunday, police said.

ABC7 Chicago

Published  8 months ago

Dozens of people were wounded in shootings across Chicago Sunday, police said.

ABC7 Chicago

Published  8 months ago

Dozens of people were wounded in shootings across Chicago Sunday, police said.

TheBlaze

Published  8 months ago

The city of Chicago has struggled for ages with high rates of violent crime. Now, there’s a renewed cry from residents who are saying their mayor of seven years hasn’t done enough to stop the crisis — and that it’s time for him to go.

What’s going on?

Ahead of an anti-violence rally planned on Thursday, event organizers made it clear that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was not invited, and that he should instead, step down beforehand.

Protester Rev. Gregory Livingston told the Chicago Sun-Times, “We’re not looking for any kind of help from Mayor Emanuel because, Jesus said, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan?’ He’s divided against himself.”

Livingston explained to the Chicago Tribune that asking for Emanuel’s blessing or support to hold the upcoming rally wouldn’t make sense, considering his group is openly calling for both the mayor and superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, to resign.

“The call of the people is ‘Resign Rahm,'” Livingston said, “so how, then, can you back your own regime change? How do you sanction your own termination? How dumb, naïve and self-hating do you think we are?”

Livingston’s comments come as other critics have made public pleas for Emanuel to relinquish his position in recent days.

Who else called for the mayor’s resignation?

Hip-hop star Chance the Rapper announced a few weeks ago that he bought the Chicaoist website, and through lyrics in one of his songs declared that he would use the outlet against the mayor, vowing to Emanuel that he would “run you racist b**** out of business.”

He goes on to address Emanuel further, rapping, “And Rahm, you done, I’m expectin’ resignation…an open investigation on all of these paid vacations for murderers.”

Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell stopped short of directly calling for Emanuel to quit in an op-ed published two days ago, where he asked for President Donald Trump to step in and help Chicago since “Mayor Emanuel has no strategy that could save the people of Chicago from the architects of violence.”

But Emanuel —who has faced calls for him to resign for years — waved off the criticism from activists. Laughing to the Sun-Times, he said, “If people want to say the superintendent and I should resign, that doesn’t influence my position except for one thing: I think Superintendent Johnson does a fabulous job.”

What else?

As of July 22, Chicago had seen 288 murders in 2018. That number is 108 less than 2017’s annual total, with five months to go in this year.

Emanuel, a Democrat, plans to run for re-election in 2019, and he faces seven challengers so far. Emanuel was first elected mayor in 2011, and reelected on April 7, 2015

USA TODAY

Published  9 months ago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't have time for critics on Saturday.

After thousands of demonstrators shut down Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway calling on elected officials to address gun violence in the city, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, objected to Emanuel's support of the protests.

In a tweet, Rauner said he was "disappointed" in the mayor for allowing the protests to stop traffic. "I am calling on the Mayor to take swift and decisive action to put an end to this kind of chaos," Rauner tweeted.

Illinois state police told The Associated Press protesters planned to block off two northbound lanes for the march. However, organizers said activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, wanted police to close the entire roadway, citing that the city often closes major roads for parades and other demonstrations.

Police then announced they would shut down all northbound lanes on the expressway to facilitate the protests.

Emanuel responded to the tweet just an hour later, calling the protests peaceful and jokingly asking Rauner to "delete his account."

"Delete your account" is a popular phrase on Twitter commonly used to insult the user. The phrase gained traction after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton used it during the 2016 presidential election.

Emanuel's spokesman Matt McGrath told the Chicago Sun-Times that the mayor's tweet reflected support for expanded gun control measures in Chicago and throughout the state.

“The mayor’s hope is that today’s march may make someone realize they shouldn’t pick up a gun to settle a dispute, and if that happens the peaceful march the governor called ‘chaos’ will unquestionably be worth it,” McGrath said.

Emanuel received swells of approval on Twitter, with over 2,800 retweets by Saturday afternoon. Rauner received less than 1,000 in the same time period.

However, some Twitter users did criticize Emanuel's comment and position on the march.

Rauner tweeted 25 minutes later thanking the law enforcement officials who managed crowds at the march.

twitchy.com

Published  2 years ago

Well, well, well…

Things could get very interesting very fast in the Jussie Smollett investigation:

CPD has subpoenaed Smollett’s phone records, per a friend on the force. https://t.co/NuXHDejvJq

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) February 5, 2019

And Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel quotes Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson saying Smollett will be held accountable if it’s revealed that he did, in fact, make a false report:

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

Weigel also reports that the police are trying to trace where the rope was purchased:

#ChicagoPolice say they are trying to match the rope that was around #JussieSmollett to its point of origin to see if there’s surveillance video showing the person who bought it.

— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

Stay tuned…

ICYMI ==> Here’s the Chicago PD’s original Jussie Smollett incident report (released after FOIA request) https://t.co/DBJXOZDcBH

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 5, 2019

They might be right: Forbes says hate attack against Jussie Smollett is ’emblematic of our time’ https://t.co/jeze53aNiI

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 5, 2019

Forbes says hate attack against Jussie Smollett is ’emblematic of our time,’ and they might be right https://t.co/jeze53aNiI

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 4, 2019

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