Jussie Smollett’s Neighbors Say He’s Lying About Hate Crime Attack
It’s been two weeks since the world was stunned that Jussie Smollett was the victim of a hate crime near his home in Chicago. While the cops have yet to find the assailants (they said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident), some people in Jussie’s 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 Jussie. Agin told Page Six, “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, also said Jussie’s story “doesn’t really make sense,” adding, “It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around. They have cameras everywhere … Why can’t they find the attack?”
Chicago police also said this weekend that the Empire star has yet to turn over data from his cellphone to verify he was on the phone with his music manager, Brandon Moore, when he was allegedly attacked. Brandon publicly stated he heard Jussie’s assailants shout a “racial slur” and the words “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“We have no reason to doubt the statements, but for a criminal investigation, we need to independently confirm the phone records,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “We offered to take the phone to download the data and he expressed he couldn’t be without his phone for several hours.”
The assailants allegedly punched the actor in the face, doused him with a liquid — believed to be bleach — and tied a rope around his neck in an underpass between the Sheraton and Loews Chicago hotels.