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Assault report '100 percent factual', 'Empire' actor Smollett says

By Barbara Goldberg

 

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FILE PHOTO: 2017 BET Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 25/06/2017 - Jussie Smollett. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - Actor Jussie Smollett defended as completely truthful the account he gave of being accosted on a Chicago street by men who used racist and homophobic slurs and said on Friday he was cooperating with police.

 

The statement was the first Smollett has made publicly about the alleged assault since media reports about it first surfaced on Tuesday. The matter is being investigated by Chicago police as a possible hate crime.

 

News of the bizarre incident spread quickly on social media, with many expressing outrage while others suggested it was a hoax after police were unable to find videotape of the attack Smollett said he sustained.

 

"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level," Smollett said in the statement.

 

Chicago police said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Thursday the actor had refused to turn over his cellphone records to detectives, although law enforcement officials later said he was working with investigators.

 

Smollett and his manager have both told police they were on the phone together when the actor, an openly gay African-American who plays a gay character on "Empire," was accosted on a street early on Tuesday by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs.

 

According to Smollett's account, his assailants doused him with a chemical liquid before wrapping a rope around his neck and fleeing the scene. The actor took himself to a hospital but was not seriously hurt, police said.

 

Police said they sought phone records to independently verify that Smollett was on the phone at the time with his manager, who reportedly told police he heard the attackers saying "This is MAGA country" in an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

 

"Cellphone records were not provided to investigators when asked," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "The victim didn't provide them."

 

However, he also said the police had "no reason to doubt" the accounts of both Smollett and his manager that they were on the phone together at the time of the alleged attack.

 

Another police spokesman, Officer Michael Carroll, said in a later email: "The victim is working with police as we investigate the circumstances of the incident."

 

Questions raised about the veracity of his account were troubling, Smollett said in his statement, especially since "these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender-conforming siblings daily."

 

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said some of the statements made by Chicago police sought to undermine the credibility of Smollett's allegations.

 

"So far, Chicago Police have risked discouraging other survivors of hate crimes from coming forward," said Clarke, whose organization seeks to secure equal justice for all.

 

Several dozen people attended a rally for Smollett in New York on Friday evening organized by gay rights groups.

 

Danielle Perkins, an 18-year-old Brooklyn resident who will soon be heading to college to study journalism, said she came to the rally because Smollett reminded her of what she described as her own sense of vulnerability.

 

"I think being gay and black in this country, it's very difficult to get jobs, to live life, just to cross the street," Perkins said. "It seems like we're just going backwards to the '60s again."

 

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since its a celeb, the fbi is onvolved?

 

did the test his clothes to see what the substance was ?

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Strolling home chewing on a Subway sandwich with a rope around his neck. 

Fake News is getting more bizarre every day... 

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Donald Trump has energized violent bigots including those allegedly behind a horrific attack on actor Jussie Smollett, who was attacked last week in Chicago in what authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has told the Guardian. “The spirit of demeaning and bullying has been revived,” Jackson said in a phone interview, adding that he believed Trump was pushing the country towards “a crisis”. 

 

Smollett, who is black and gay, was allegedly attacked on Tuesday in Chicago, where he lives while filming the hit Fox drama series Empire, by two men in ski masks. According to Chicago police, the alleged assailants yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” at the actor, battered him, and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him. They then tied a noose around his neck and, according to Smollett, yelled “this is Maga country” – an apparent reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/02/jesse-jackson-interview-jussie-smollett-hate-violence-us

 

Jackson is spot on, with his assessment of Trump's hatred of anything brown, and the effect it is having on his devotees. There is no place for racism and hatred in politics and Trump has become the divider in chief. An ugly man, with a black heart is making the world an uglier place. 

 

I keep saying as a white American man, that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males. Forget about the border. The danger lurks right at home. Sorry, but a percentage of white American men are really, really nasty people, who are blinded by hatred and prejudice. Trump seems to be exacerbating that situation, and giving them license to be felonious. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

Donald Trump has energized violent bigots including those allegedly behind a horrific attack on actor Jussie Smollett, who was attacked last week in Chicago in what authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has told the Guardian. “The spirit of demeaning and bullying has been revived,” Jackson said in a phone interview, adding that he believed Trump was pushing the country towards “a crisis”. 

 

Smollett, who is black and gay, was allegedly attacked on Tuesday in Chicago, where he lives while filming the hit Fox drama series Empire, by two men in ski masks. According to Chicago police, the alleged assailants yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” at the actor, battered him, and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him. They then tied a noose around his neck and, according to Smollett, yelled “this is Maga country” – an apparent reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/02/jesse-jackson-interview-jussie-smollett-hate-violence-us

 

Jackson is spot on, with his assessment of Trump's hatred of anything brown, and the effect it is having on his devotees. There is no place for racism and hatred in politics and Trump has become the divider in chief. An ugly man, with a black heart is making the world an uglier place. 

 

I keep saying as a white American man, that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males. Forget about the border. The danger lurks right at home. Sorry, but a percentage of white American men are really, really nasty people, who are blinded by hatred and prejudice. Trump seems to be exacerbating that situation, and giving them license to be felonious. 

 

 

Unfortunately prejudice and bigotry know no borders.   Until people stop differentiating based on color, heritage or sexual orientation it will continue to exist.   Strangely you appear to be doing just that.

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18 hours ago, tlandtday said:

Unfortunately prejudice and bigotry know no borders.   Until people stop differentiating based on color, heritage or sexual orientation it will continue to exist.   Strangely you appear to be doing just that.

Well, you can accuse me of differentiating based on color, but I am just stating what appears to be factual. And as a white man, I cannot be accused of being racist, when discussing white people. I can say anything I want about my race, and it is not considered racism, right? It is hard to argue that white people do not pose a real menace to society. 

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23 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males

And beta SJW'S

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Hows that story working out for you 

On 2/3/2019 at 12:47 PM, spidermike007 said:

Donald Trump has energized violent bigots including those allegedly behind a horrific attack on actor Jussie Smollett, who was attacked last week in Chicago in what authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has told the Guardian. “The spirit of demeaning and bullying has been revived,” Jackson said in a phone interview, adding that he believed Trump was pushing the country towards “a crisis”. 

 

Smollett, who is black and gay, was allegedly attacked on Tuesday in Chicago, where he lives while filming the hit Fox drama series Empire, by two men in ski masks. According to Chicago police, the alleged assailants yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” at the actor, battered him, and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him. They then tied a noose around his neck and, according to Smollett, yelled “this is Maga country” – an apparent reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/02/jesse-jackson-interview-jussie-smollett-hate-violence-us

 

Jackson is spot on, with his assessment of Trump's hatred of anything brown, and the effect it is having on his devotees. There is no place for racism and hatred in politics and Trump has become the divider in chief. An ugly man, with a black heart is making the world an uglier place. 

 

I keep saying as a white American man, that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males. Forget about the border. The danger lurks right at home. Sorry, but a percentage of white American men are really, really nasty people, who are blinded by hatred and prejudice. Trump seems to be exacerbating that situation, and giving them license to be felonious. 

 

 

Hows that story working out for you now Spidermike? He ticked all the boxes for you didnt he....gay...black....as Sherlock Holmes used to say to Watson..."evidence Watson, evidence" 

 

Too easy to jump on the virtue signalling bandwagon I guess....

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On 2/3/2019 at 12:47 PM, spidermike007 said:

Jackson is spot on, with his assessment of Trump's hatred of anything brown, and the effect it is having on his devotees. There is no place for racism and hatred in politics and Trump has become the divider in chief. An ugly man, with a black heart is making the world an uglier place. 

I keep saying as a white American man, that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males. Forget about the border. The danger lurks right at home. Sorry, but a percentage of white American men are really, really nasty people, who are blinded by hatred and prejudice. Trump seems to be exacerbating that situation, and giving them license to be felonious. 

Aren't Trumps kids all married to non-whites?

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On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 9:47 AM, spidermike007 said:

I keep saying as a white American man, that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males.

 

I cant even imagine what is going on inside someone's noggin that would make a person type such a patently ridiculous statement.

 

On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 9:47 AM, spidermike007 said:

The danger lurks right at home. Sorry, but a percentage of white American men are really, really nasty people, who are blinded by hatred and prejudice.

 

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On ‎2‎/‎4‎/‎2019 at 8:33 AM, spidermike007 said:

Well, you can accuse me of differentiating based on color, but I am just stating what appears to be factual. And as a white man, I cannot be accused of being racist, when discussing white people. I can say anything I want about my race, and it is not considered racism, right? It is hard to argue that white people do not pose a real menace to society. 

 

I'm so confused. How, exactly, are "white people" a "real menace to society" and:

 

On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 9:47 AM, spidermike007 said:

that the greatest danger facing America today, are white American males

 

???

 

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Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/police-sources-new-evidence-suggests-jussie-smollett-orchestrated-attack/ar-BBTGyvn?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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7 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Aren't Trumps kids all married to non-whites?

To his eternal regret I am sure. 

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