A young and popular television star from Fox’s TV network fell victim to a possible hate crime in late January. Jussie Smollett, 36, was hospitalized after reportedly getting attacked by two men in Chicago.
Smollett is best-known for his starring role on Fox's hit series “Empire.” Smollett has been a main character on the show since it started back in 2015. In the series, he plays a homosexual African-American singer, where some episode plots revolve around his struggles being black, gay, and in the spotlight.
As previously reported, two men brutally attacked Smollett when he went out for a Subway sandwich at 2:00 AM. The men allegedly fractured Smollett’s rib, tied a rope around his neck, and poured bleach on him as they yelled “This is MAGA country” and called him derogatory names.
However, many people questioned his story since he initially refused to hand over full phone records to the authorities on this case. Others believe Smollett was attacked but doubt that the attackers were Trump supporters, calling the whole situation a “hoax.” Donald Trump Jr. even commented on the case.
After weeks of searching for the suspects, an arrest has finally been made. Now, police have reportedly ruled out the possibility of this being a hoax.
According to ABC News, police confirmed the two suspects who were detained have some type of relationship with the victim. Few details were provided, but one of the suspects even appeared on "Empire." Both are U.S. citizens originally from Nigeria.
The attorney representing the two suspects is confident that these are not the people who attacked Smollett. They are reportedly very confused about why they were identified as persons of interest.
An investigation is underway. This story is developing and will be updated once more information is released to the public.
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