Comedian Dave Chappelle may have just lambasted controversial actor Jussie Smollett in a wicked routine (that is not suitable for a family audience) — but a public relations group representing Smollett said that “every iota” of the entertainer’s tale about being attacked by two Trump supporters is true.
The city of Chicago, of course, maintains something far different.
Smollett alleged to authorities that two men who wore Make America Great Again hats attacked him on the street on Jan. 29, 2019, in the early morning hours and targeted him — simply because he is gay and black.
“This is MAGA country!” Smollett insisted the men declared.
He also alleged they poured a bleach-like liquid over him — and that they tied a rope around his neck.
After Smollett called the police, he oddly kept the rope draped around his neck as “proof” of what had happened.
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The Chicago Police Department investigated the incident — and pretty quickly found holes in the story.
They discovered suggestions that Smollett instead had paid the two men to conduct that alleged attack on him.
Police and prosecutors said the men, two Nigerian nationals, had worked with Smollett previously on the set of “Empire,” which was filmed in and around Chicago.
The statement by the PR firm comes just two days after the city of Chicago filed a statement reaffirming its intention to recoup the cost of the investigation from Smollett via a lawsuit filed in April.
Chicago prosecutors initially charged Smollett with 16 felonies related to faking the hate crime — but State Attorney Kim Foxx controversially dropped all charges against Smollett, calling the criminal pursuit “excessive.”
Back in April of this year, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in Chicago called for Foxx to resign after letting Smollett off the hook for those 16 felony charges.
The Chicago FOP president, Kevin Graham, at a press conference in April declared, “People standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx’s lack of prosecution has cost our members and police officers an enormous amount of problems.”
Foxx, a Democrat, is still in her position as Cook County state attorney. Elected to the job in November 2016, she manages the nation’s second largest prosecutor’s office and oversees an office of some 800 attorneys and 1,500 employees.
She already locked up the endorsement of Cook County’s Democratic Party earlier this month for the next election cycle and “has started courting donors as challengers emerge ahead of the March 17 primary,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
In the Smollett case, Chicago authorities cited GPS evidence, canceled checks, and video recordings as evidence that the crime was a hoax.