A few people who live in the same Chicago neighborhood as Jussie Smollett are speaking out. And they’re having a hard time believing all of the details he shared about his horrific homophic attack. More inside…
It’s been two weeks since Jussie Smollett made claims that he was involved in a racist and homophobic attack, and Chicago PD hasn’t made any arrests.
The investigation is still going on and now, people in his neighborhood are speaking out about it. And they aren’t totally sold on his account of what happened to him.
You’ll recall, the “Empire” star said he stepped out around 2AM after landing in Chi-town (where he lives while filming the hit FOX series) for a bite to eat. He went to Subway for a sandwich and a salad and claims two men stopped him in his tracks, began yelling out racial and homophobic slurs at him and then physically assaulted him, allegedly pouring bleach on him and tying a noose around his neck.
“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same luxe high-rise near the Navy Pier as the TV star. “I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here … Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”
Another man, who wanted to remain anonymous, is also skeptical. He flat out said Jussie is lying about it all because Chicago is a “liberal city.”
“It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around,” the man told the New York Post. “They have cameras everywhere … Why can’t they find the attack?”
Chi-town may be liberal, but it’s always been segregated and racist AF. And who’s to say his attackers are even from Chicago?
The publication spoke with a patron at Lizzie McNeil’s – an Irish Pub about a block from where the attack happened. They claim Jussie’s story “doesn’t make sense.”
It was previously reported Chicago PD rounded up surveillance videos in the area, but none of the footage captured the attack. However, we all know Chicago PD has been known for corrupt activities. Let’s not forget about how three Chicago cops were accused of trying to cover up the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
We’re not on the investigation team, but we find odd that the New York Post was able to find evidence – seemingly in plain site – that may have been used during the crime.
The site reported they traced a route to the underpass from the 24-hour Subway that Jussie likely took on the night he was attacked and they reportedly found an “empty hot sauce bottle partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.” They said they turned the possible evidence into police and Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said it was turned over to the FBI for analysis.
After Jussie cleared up several details about the incident that were reported incorrectly, Chicago PD claims he still hasn’t turned over his phone records to prove he was on the phone with his music manager, Brandon Moore, at the time of his alleged attack. It was reported his manager heard the assailants yell out racial and homophobic slurs.
“We have no reason to doubt the statements, but for a criminal investigation, we need to independently confirm the phone records,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “We offered to take the phone to download the data and he expressed he couldn’t be without his phone for several hours.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson also spoke out about the attack. He said Jussie is being treated as a crime victim, however, if it’s proven that he filed a false police report, he will be held accountable.
While Jussie’s neighbors may not believe his story, his “Empire” co-star/on-screen mom Taraji P. Henson does. Find out what she told us about the attack HERE.
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