The investigation into Jussie Smollett’s case is still ongoing, but it’s not looking too good for the home team.
Over the weekend, the Chicago Police Department released two suspects who were allegedly caught on surveillance video camera on that dreadful night of January 29 when “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked with bleach and a rope.
Investigators have been trying to work with Smollett but have had some roadblocks; he would not provide his cell phone to the detectives, for example.
He did offer up redacted PDFs of the phone records, however.
Now, the Chicago Police Department has removed the title “victim” from their notes about Smollett — and they want to interview him again.
One Los Angeles civil rights activist is angry.
As I have said on my radio show many times, Americans do not like liars.
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They can forgive you if you offer a sincere apology — but they will not support you if they are made to look like fools.
That’s what Najee Ali felt like. And he wants justice done against Smollett, not only for black America but for the LGBTQ community.
A Los Angeles-based civil rights activist held a press conference Sunday, calling for the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett and saying he believes the “Empire” star lied about being a victim of a hate crime.
Najee Ali, who is also the director of Project Islamic HOPE, said false claims make real incidents of racist attacks and homophobia easier to dismiss.
“It’s a slap in the face. We have many members of the black community and the LGBTQ community who have been the victims of racism and hate crimes, so for Smollett to say that he was a victim … and we believe is a lie … certainly is an injustice to those true victims,” Ali said. “Jussie Smollett must be brought to justice for lying.” (source: ABC7)
The attorneys for Smollett responded to the report with the following statement:
As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.
One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.
Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate.
At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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