Hate Hoax? Lefty Actor Claims Trump-Supporting Homophobic Bigots Carrying Bleach and Rope Beat His Ass at 2 AM in Chicago
Jussie Smollett, photo via TMZ
“Empire” star Jussie Smollett, 35, claims he was brutally beaten by 2 white Trump supporters in ski masks at 2 AM in Chicago.
Smollett claims he was walking to Subway to get something to eat at 2 AM when 2 white men wearing ski masks put his head in a noose, poured bleach on him and screamed, “This is MAGA country!”
According to TMZ, someone also yelled, “Aren’t you that fag*ot ‘Empire’ nig*er?”
Jussie Smollett then took himself to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated and discharged Tuesday morning, TMZ reported.
A letter was reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago with letters cut out from magazines that spelled, “You will die black f*g.” (screenshot below)
Is this a hate hoax?
The story is extraordinary and sounds unbelievable.
It is absolutely freezing in Chicago right now so Jussie Smollett was presumably wearing a beanie or a hat which would obscure his appearance.
Why on earth would two white men be hanging around with rope and bleach and just happen to run into a celebrity and recognize him at 2 AM in the streets of Chicago?
The MAGA-loving, lynching racists recognized an "Empire" star, as well as his sexual orientation? "This is MAGA country" yelled the racists in… Chicago? They were walking around with bleach and a rope and happened to run into a celebrity?
— my tweet portal is whack (@HashtagGriswold) January 29, 2019
Fox issued a statement:
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.