Chicago police say think Empire star Jussie Smollett paid two brothers for the beatdown he got outside his apartment, CNN reports. He claimed they shouted “this is MAGA country” as they put a rope around his neck and scratched him. That’s while his Subway sandwich was intact.
The two brothers are said to be cooperating with police after they were arrested on Wednesday and released on Friday without charges.
Smollett gave police a redacted list of his phone records, which is very unusual, since investigators can subpoena the phone company for the records. Plus, if you have nothing to hide, then why not give them the information?
Smollett denies he paid the men to help him stage the attack. His lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson issued the following statement:
“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. 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.”
“Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”
Let’s see how this will all play out in the coming days. Either way, Jussie Smollett’s career will never be the same.