Jussie Smollett arrested for composing a fake attack


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Jussie Smolette appears in court.

Jeriah Wirth, Staff Writer

The Jussie Smollett debacle was something that was in the media for weeks. People were initially made aware of the Smollett incident when it came to light that he had been assaulted while out walking in Chicago on January 29th. The attack was soon after labeled as a hate crime by Smollett. He claimed he was attacked by two individuals wearing MAGA hats. Smollett is an openly gay man and said that they shouted obscene and racist comments which also included homophobic slurs. He then said that they proceeded to tie a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him while yelling: “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country.” Chicago PD then conducted a police investigation after obtaining the footage of the two men in MAGA hats at the time of the attack. The men were arrested and then released after further development in the case.

As the story progressed further it became apparent that Smollett had actually faked the attack. Smollett himself became the prime suspect. After investigation, police believed that Smollett mailed himself death threats that contained racist and homophobic slurs made up of letters cut from magazines. The two men who were arrested and later released confirmed to police that Smollett sent death threats to himself but was angry due to the disappointing reaction from his colleagues, so he consequently hired the two men to act as muggers. After these revelations, Smollett was charged with a felony disorderly conduct for making a false report. Smollett was eventually remanded into custody after detectives contacted Smollett’s legal team to, “negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.” On March 27, prosecutors dropped Smollett’s case.