In today’s environment of racially-charged leftist hate, it doesn’t take much for the media to be baited into a hysterical overreaction to a story that later proves to be fake news or in the worst cases, a hate crime hoax.
So when gay actor Jussie Smollet who stars in Fox’s hit television series “Empire” claimed that he was attacked on the streets of Chicago on a freezing cold morning by two men wearing MAGA hats who beat him up and left a rope around his neck, the reaction was predictable and the rush to judgment once again sought to portray all 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump as white supremacists or worse.
But things just didn’t add up for Smollet’s story which has a very fishy aroma about it. Not only was it bite-ass cold at the time of the alleged attack but Smollett who was at a Subway location managed to hang onto his sandwich despite the vicious beating by racist Trump supporters.
The complete lack of surveillance camera video that would back up his story is another red flag as is the refusal of both he and his manager to turn over their cellphones to the police so that they could perform a proper investigation.
Now Smollett’s story has taken another hit: several of his neighbors are casting doubt on the account by pointing out that such a thing would not be commonplace in the area where Smollett lives.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 11, 2019
Via The New York Post, “Jussie Smollett’s neighbors cast doubt on his attack story”:
Nearly two weeks after “Empire” star Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, cops have yet to identify any suspects — and some people in his tony Chicago neighborhood are growing skeptical.
“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise near the Navy Pier as Smollett.
“I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here . . . Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”
A patron at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged Jan. 29 incident, said Smollett’s story “doesn’t really make sense.”
“It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around,” said the man, who wouldn’t give his name. “They have cameras everywhere. . . Why can’t they find the attack?”
Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident.
Could the jig just about be up for Smollet and will police risk violent race riots if they charge him for what increasingly looks like a hoax?