How do Americans deal with the problem of racism and homophobia? The incident with the actor Jussie Smollett that took place in January 2019 proved that these two problems are quite acute in the democratic country. The actor claims that he was beaten and humiliated on the streets of Chicago because of his sexual orientation and colour of skin. However, not all believe the actor. So where is the truth? Go on reading to find it out!
According to fresh updates from credible sources like BBC, TMZ, and CNN, the committers are already found, and moreover, the case acquired new strange rumours connected with Donald Trump and vicious lie about the incident initiation. So who is guilty and what is going on? Go on reading to find it out!
What happened to Jussie Smollett?
In Chicago, the star of the TV series Empire Jussie Smollett was severely beaten on 29th January 2019. According to TMZ (citing law enforcement sources), two unidentified men attacked the actor, shouting racist and homophobic slogans.
Smollett flew to Chicago for filming, and at about two in the morning, went to a cafe in one of the prestigious districts of the city. In his interview for ABC news, the actor explained the reason for his night walk by the desire to eat a sandwich. He said:
"Subway is open 24 hours for a reason so that when you're hungry at night, and you ain't got no food you go to Subway."
On the way back, near the entrance of a Loews hotel, two unidentified people in ski masks approached him and began to shout out different insults and swearing. After this, they punched a TV star several times. Jussie identified the criminals as two white men (according to BBC).
Jussie also mentioned in the same interview for ABC news, that the criminals had tried to strangle him, throwing a rope around his neck, and then had poured bleach on him. According to Jussie they shouted:
"This is MAGA country!” (Make America Great Again - Donald Trump's election slogan).
As a result, Smollett appeared in the hospital. Many sources wrote about Jussie`s broken ribs and hospitalization, but the actor in his performance at a Los Angeles show said the following:
"I was bruised, but my ribs were not cracked; they were not broken," he said referring to some notes he'd brought on stage. I went to the doctor immediately. I was not hospitalized.”
"Both my doctors in LA and Chicago cleared me to perform, but said to take care, obviously.”
"And above all, I fought them back."
We remind you, that TMZ also published a note with threatens to the Empire star that had arrived at the Fox Studios in Chicago eight days before the attack. The letter consisted of cut letters and contained swearing words and the criminals even threatened to kill Jussie.
READ ALSO: Is Jussie Smollett gay or straight?
Jussie Smollett`s case – latest update
After the incident, the Chicago police posted on Twitter a photo from the street camera where two men in black were depicted. You can see the picture below:
On February 15th, the Chicago Police made an announcement on Twitter about the questioning of two “persons of interest” and the day after, CBS news reported about the fact, that Jussie had initiated the crime on purpose. The suspected Ola and Abel Osundario – brothers from Nigeria, assume that the star in his effort to attract attention had paid them to get attacked. The brothers even indicated the place where they had bought a rope to choke Smollett. New details changed the attitude of the police to the case.
"While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what's been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident." – said Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesperson of Chicago Police.
In the in the interview for ABC news mentioned above, the Empire star showed his disappointment with such accusations. He said:
"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more… And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now."
The investigation moves on, and the brothers Osundario have been released because of the lack of the pieces of evidence and currently cooperate with the police. The spokesperson of Chicago police - Anthony Guglielmi wrote on Twitter:
"Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete."
The public is currently divided into two camps: those who believe that the crime was a matter of hatred, and those who don’t. However, such public personalities as Ariana Grande, Viola Davis, Naomi Campbell, and Janelle Monae supported the actor on their accounts.
But other famous Americans like Graham Allen are quite critical and even rude about the actor`s story:
So the case is still open, and many facts are currently under the question. Legit.ng will look after the further development of the events to provide you with fresh information. Follow us to know all the details!