Jussie Smollett: Empire actor denies staging his own 'lynching'

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett

Guglielmi said on Sunday the interview had not yet been conducted.

Sources told CBS Chicago that one of the men questioned in the attack purchased the rope used to make the noose at a hardware store at Smollett's direction. Nearly immediately, I had a awful feeling that I was victim blaming, or worse, that I am so brainwashed that I no longer can hear cries of hurt and outrage from my own black community. According to the Associated Press, Harris also said, "I think that once the investigation is concluded, then we should all comment, but I'm not going to comment until I know the outcome of that investigation".

A slew of lawmakers, activists, reporters, and analysts reacted to the story by slamming Trump reporters and Trump himself and many have yet to apologize or retract their statements, noted Quillette editor Andy Ngo and Mediaite reporter Caleb Howe. "There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today", Crisis manager Anna Kavanagh said in a statement.

Hours before he was allegedly attacked in Chicago, Jussie Smollett reportedly participated in a reading of a play in New York City that was similar to the alleged attack.

Smollett's attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson released a statement late Saturday, saying the actor is "angered and devastated" by claims he staged the attack, according to ABC Chicago.

"It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie's complicity", the attorneys said. "He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him".

When the alleged attack was first reported, some on the Left rushed to call it a hate crime. Sen.

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On Wednesday, Chicago police picked up the brothers at O'Hare International Airport as they returned from Nigeria.

They had questioned the two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, last week but the pair were released on Friday and are said to be still co-operating with the investigation.

Smollett said he kept the rope around his neck to preserve evidence for the police.

Many media outlets passed along Smollett's story without noting that the attack was alleged while the Chicago Police Department continued stating the attack was alleged and referring to Smollett as "the alleged victim".

Reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities. Smollett's account of what happened also has been met with skepticism, particularly in the wake of the latest developments.

Similarly, Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC Sunday night that Smollett should face "accountability to the maximum" if it's discovered he orchestrated the attack. They told police that they scouted a location where they believed a camera would capture the attack. Or maybe even though I am a black woman, I still don't know what it's like to be a black man in America. Weeks later, on the coldest day of the year, Smollett decided that he wanted to get some Subway (a tuna sandwich) to eat.

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