They ran with a story about some Hollyweirdo who got assaulted and cops calling it a hate crime.

The first thing they mentioned was tat the assaulters were wearing MAGA hats. And were white.

Actor is a turd burgling ground ape.

4:00 PM PT — Chicago PD confirms to TMZ Jussie told them, in a follow-up interview, about the attackers yelling, “MAGA country.”

They add Jussie still had the rope around his neck when he made contact with cops at 2:42 AM. Remember, the attack happened around 2 AM.

12:43 PM PT — Sources connected to production tell us Jussie and the rest of the main “Empire” cast members will have armed security going forward while they continue shooting in Chicago.

Lee Daniels briefly posted, but then deleted, a screen grab from a FaceTime he had with Jussie while he was in the hospital.

11:10 AM PT — “Empire” creator Lee Daniels just expressed his outrage and horror over the attack.

11:18 AM PT — We’re told cops recently visited a Target Department Store close to where the incident happened and obtained surveillance footage. Our source says the video shows one person — presumably Jussie — walking down the street. Officers also visited a nearby apartment building to ask for video.

11:20 AM PT — Law enforcement sources tell us the FBI was already investigating the letter sent to Jussie last week containing racist and homophobic slurs.

11:10 AM PT — Fox just issued this statement … “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

10:30 AM PT — “Empire” staff held an emergency meeting Tuesday morning in Chicago to tell everyone what happened to Jussie. We’re told the cast and crew were extremely upset. Several actors were already in their trailers getting ready to shoot when they got the news.

We’re told there was a discussion about getting extra security on set while shooting. They have a handful of episodes left to shoot for the current season.

Yet here we read that the cops denied he ever said that.

And then, for some reason, felt compelled to return to him and ask about whether those comments were made.

So either someone is lying or the cops are covering their asses.

It is, after all, Chicago.

And just how will he prove those guys actually said it? Is there a recording?

Empire star Jussie Smollett is in the hospital after two people allegedly assaulted him on the streets of Chicago around 2:00 a.m. last night.

The police are investigating the attack as a hate crime, since the perpetrators reportedly made racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett is a gay black man.

Several media outlets referenced claims that appeared in TMZ’s coverage of this matter, most notably that the perpetrators were white and yelled “this is MAGA country,” as they attacked Smollett. But a spokesperson for the Chicago police denied having any information about the race and political views of the attackers.*

“According to the victim, the offenders’ faces were concealed,” a police spokesperson told Reason. “We have no record indicating that [they shouted ‘MAGA’], we only have record of them shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him.”

Chicago police have also released a statement contradicting claims that Smollett identified his attackers’ race and heard them shout “MAGA.”

“We have no record of The MAGA Country comment,” said the police in a statement. “We have racial and homophobic comments documented.”

Until we know more, it would be wise to avoid making any sweeping generalizations about who to blame for this. The best course of action right now is to wish Smollett a speedy recovery and wait for better information.

Updated at 7:30 p.m.: Chicago PD now tell me via email that “in the initial reports there was no mention of MAGA,” but “when detectives follow[ed] up with him later in the day, he recalled the offender[s] making those comments and detectives completed a supplemental report.” It would appear that earlier statements by the police were erroneous. I have changed the headline of this article to reflect new information, and await a statement from Smollett himself.

And, of course, it took no time at all for the top ground ape group in the country to blame Trump.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP), the country’s most influential civil rights organization, has blamed President Donald Trump for Tuesday morning’s attack on actor Jussie Smollett.
The Empire star was allegedly attacked by two men wearing ski masks in the early hours of Jan. 29 in Chicago. TMZ first reported that Smollett had identified the two attackers as white, and that he had told police that they had yelled, “This is MAGA country!”.

However, the Chicago Police Department has disputed that he told them that, at least initially, or identified the race of the attackers, who allegedly used racist and homophobic language and placed a rope around Smollett’s neck. The Daily Beast reported that Chicago police said the race and gender of the alleged assailants remained unknown.

Additionally, in their initial report, Jussie Smollett did not tell police his attackers yelled “MAGA.” Chicago Police PIO added: “I’m not saying it’s not true. He could have remembered later, but he did not tell officers that in the initial report.” 2/2

Additionally, in their initial report, Jussie Smollett did not tell police his attackers yelled “MAGA.” Chicago Police PIO added: “I’m not saying it’s not true. He could have remembered later, but he did not tell officers that in the initial report.” 2/2

Smollett drove himself to a nearby hospital. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a statement Tuesday afternoon specifically blaming Trump’s “racist and xenophobic rhetoric”:

The recent racist and homophobic attack on acclaimed actor and activist Jussie Smollett is troubling. The rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric. It is dangerous for any society to allow a tone of divisiveness and hatred to dominate the political discourse. As this rhetoric continues to bleed into our everyday lives, dangerous behavior will continue to place many law-abiding individuals at risk. We pray for a full physical and mental recovery Jussie Smollett and many unnamed victims of this forum of hate based terrorism.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, called the alleged attack on Smollett a “modern day lynching.”

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  1. BobF says:

    The left so much wants to blame this on Trump and his supporters. It’s interesting that no description of the attackers has been given and considering the number of security cameras in the area, no footage of the attack either.

  2. Eskyman says:

    This asshole is a faggot, and he probably got beat up by his boyfriend or somebody he hit on who didn’t care to be hit on; but if he said that, he wouldn’t get any sympathy, and he might have to explain that sometimes being an asshole black faggot is risky. Especially when you’re trying to shove your dick where it isn’t wanted.

    So voila! The Wish Fairy granted him two big white rednecks, wearing masks (of course, wouldn’t want any actual ID to be possible on these imaginary assailants) and MAGA hats (I’ll bet they were smirking too, but the imaginary smirk on the imaginary faces couldn’t be seen under the imaginary masks on those imaginary guys; but IF IT HAD BEEN SEEN, it would’ve been just like the smirk on that Covington kid’s face under his MAGA hat when he was assaulting the Tribal Elder.)

    Throw this fairytale (see what I did there? Heh) into the FakeNewsMedia machine, and presto! chango! instantly we have a Poor Downtrodden Oppressed Person of Color who’s been Beaten & Assaulted even though he was Angelic and A Role Model For Us All! The fact that he’s a very rich celebrity jerk isn’t mentioned, of course.

    I’m sure the movie will be out soon, and we’re all anxious to see it!

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