Jussie Smollett 'Devastated' By Reports He Staged His Own Attack

Jussie Smollett 'Devastated' By Reports He Staged His Own Attack

He declined to comment on published reports that police believe Smollett staged the assault or that a grand jury may hear evidence in the case.

If you aren't all caught up, here's what's been going down.

Unarguably, one of the most freakish stories to emerge in the recent entertainment news cycle is the ongoing sordid tale of the alleged attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, but Trevor Noah thinks it just prove what a great talent he is.

Sources told CBS 2 News that Smollett allegedly promised to pay two friends, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, $4,000 to stage a racist and homophobic assault - which the trio allegedly rehearsed beforehand. "We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview", the statement read.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted a tweet she'd shared in support of Jussie Smollett after Chicago police said there have been "developments" in the investigation into the alleged hate attack on the Empire actor.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson apologized on Monday for calling the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett "an attempted modern-day lynching" - amid reports claiming it was all a hoax.

The statement from attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor P Henderson also said Smollett would continue cooperating with police.

The men - one of whom is Smollett's former personal trainer - claim they were hired and instructed to purchase the rope that was found round the actor's neck.

In the wake of growing speculation on whether or not the attack was orchestrated, reports state that Smollet's role on the show has been significantly decreased.

"I believe and stand by JussieSmollett. The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times?" famed director Ava DuVernay tweeted. "That operated an off-site torture facility?" "That one? I'll wait". Without firsthand knowledge, I should have known better than to place any faith in the accusations until an investigation was done by me or others'.

The actor said he appreciated Trumps words, but added that he had no doubt that his assailants were motivated by his criticism of the president. When she did not talk to police, she said a police statement was released stating that she had staged the incident to promote an album that was not yet in the works.

"Mr. Smollett put people's lives at risk and could have created a situation that was much more damaging for those who are African American and for those who do identify with the LGBT community". The incident has been investigated as a hate crime. Following the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, we will comment further.

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