The nation was shocked and outraged in late January when a rising TV star reported that he had been the victim of a savage and unprovoked ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ attack. TMZ was the first major news outlet to report the incident, running full speed ahead with the 'victim’s' account of what happened. Now, even THEY are deserting him in light of new evidence about who his attackers REALLY were!
During the early morning hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, Illinois, the ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett was allegedly accosted by two white males wearing MAGA hats. In his account, Smollett says the two men beat him, tied a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him, all the while shouting racist and homophobic epithets at the admittedly-gay, African-American actor.
There were also reports that the attackers’ parting shot - which is what really raised the ire of left-leaning Americans - to Smollett was "MAGA country.”
According to the New York Times, “Two men accosted him, he said. One of them yelled, ‘Empire,’ and then shouted racial slurs. The attackers also told Smollett this was ‘MAGA country,’ in a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.”
Now, after weeks of investigation - including reviewing multiple surveillance videos and speaking to witnesses - a completely different version of the story is emerging. And it bears little resemblance to the one that has been promoted for nearly three weeks - notably by TMZ.
“Two men characterized by police as 'persons of interest' in the attack against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett are now considered suspects and have been arrested on 'probable cause that they may have committed a crime,' a Chicago police spokesman said.”
All along, TMZ has stood by Smollett’s account of what happened. The bold news outlet stubbornly refused to join in with the growing number of doubters whose various alternate theories were circulating throughout the internet. Most recently, that the whole thing was staged by Smollett to either get back at President Trump (whom he admittedly HATES) or in reaction to his being written out of his TV show.
“Two Nigerian actor brothers detained over Jussie Smollett attack, as it’s revealed they are FRIENDS with the Empire star amid claims the assault was staged to save his career”
Yeah, but were they wearing MAGA caps?”
The new evidence about the two Nigerian men suspected of committing the crime tracks with this theory, although police are stopping short of confirming the 'hoax' version of the story.
“JUSSIE SMOLLETT LIED! HATE HOAXER EXPOSED — Faked ATTACKERS were BLACK MEN FROM NIGERIA!… NOT WHITE MAGA SUPPORTERS”
Today, TMZ has unmistakably reversed their narrative, and are undoubtedly feeling the sting of having been bamboozled.
The opening sentence of their most recent update says, “A key part of Jussie Smollett's story is not tracking ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.” They then go on to give the details that make it impossible for them to back the original version any longer.
“Here are the two Nigerian brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo who are at the center of the LGBT incident that happened in Chicago involving Jussie Smollett “
“We have now confirmed, the 2 Nigerian men who were picked up by police at O'Hare Airport are black. Police say the 2 men are the same ones who were captured on surveillance video around the time of the incident.”
This combined with the highly-publicized interview Jussie had this week with Good Morning America, points to the unmistakable truth:
“Jussie told Robin Roberts this week, he's positive the 2 men on the surveillance video are the same 2 men who attacked him.”
Now, in an attempt to walk back their earlier reports, TMZ is trying to justify their actions by blaming others, rather than blaming their own journalistic (or lack thereof) integrity.
“When we first reported the details of the story -- including Jussie saying the 2 men were white -- we were told twice, after we posted, it accurately reflected Jussie's version of events.
“We also spoke with our Jussie sources Friday and they reaffirmed he had said that day the men were white.”
Now we are learning that not only were the two suspected attackers black but were also known to Smollett as having been extras on the actor’s TV show, ‘Empire.’
“BREAKING: Chicago Police say the two men being questioned in the attack on ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett are considered suspects. Police say at least one of the men worked on "Empire."
No word on what action authorities intend to take against Smollett, but some outlets are reporting that it’s only a matter of time before the disgraced actor will have to face the music.
“BUSTED: #JussieSmollett to be arrested for his MAGA hoax. NOW sue media who libeled MAGA by endorsing his hoax, like CNN, NBC, and any celebrity who repeated his lie.”
And it wasn’t just the ultra-liberal media who promoted the false narrative of this supposed ‘hate crime.’ The story brought every left-wing politician and pundit out of the woodwork to condemn the ‘Trump-inspired’ attack.
Do you think they will apologize for jumping to conclusions?
Don’t hold your breath. They’ve undoubtedly already moved on to the next promising opportunity to impugn the good name of our hard-working President, Donald J. Trump.
- Conservatives triggered over AOC dancing: FALSE.
- Trump ordered Cohen to lie about Trump Tower Moscow: FALSE.
- MAGA kids provoked & racially abused Native American: FALSE.
- Jussie Smollett hate crime attacked by Trump supporters: FALSE.
We're only 6 weeks in!”