Police Say There Is ‘No Evidence’ Jussie Smollett Attack Was Staged
Chicago police have responded to reports that the attack on Jussie Smollett was staged by the star himself.
ABC7 Eyewitness News initially reported that multiple sources claimed Smollett and the two alleged suspects could have staged the attack because the actor was being written off of his role in “Empire.”
However, police released a statement saying there was no evidence of such reports,
“Interviews will resume today with the two people of interest and their attorney. While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax. The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as the victim, not a suspect. The investigation continues.”
Fox also showed support for Smollett and shot down rumors about him being written off of the show, adding, “The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off EMPIRE is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand by him.”
As we reported, investigators spoke to two persons of interest of Nigerian descent in connection with the January attack. There has been no further update on their involvement.