When the original news broke that actor and artist Jussie Smollett was attacked in Chicago during filming of the popular TV show Empire, the narrative pointed to an act of hate crime. However, after new evidence and a thorough and ongoing investigation, this may not be the case.
The 36-year-old’s statement which included an account of two alleged perpetrators stringing a noose around Smollett’s neck and shouting “This is MAGA country” before dousing him in bleach was widely believed until police launched a full scaled exploration into the incident. As more information presensts itself, the evidence and witness testimony of the January 29th happening points to the event being carefully orchestrated by an unlikely party.
While the inquiry is ongoing, what originally appeared to be an open and shut, black-and-white racially/sexually-motivated case has since turned into a nuanced situation where hard and developing evidence continues to surface.