‘Empire’ Star Faked Chicago “MAGA Country” Attack With Two Extras: Report

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Empire star Jussie Smollett may have staged a hate crime with two extras because his character was being written off the show, reports Rob Elgas of Chicago’s ABC 7, who has covered the case extensively.

Smollett was reportedly a no-show for an interview earlier today with detectives.

Earlier Thursday, TMZ reported that police raided the home of two men who police arrested at the O’Hare Airport Wednesday night. According to WBBM TV reporter Charlie De Mar, the two men are Nigerian and were extras on Empire.

The family said the 2 men left for Nigeria the day of the alleged attack. This is consistent with what law enforcement sources previously told TMZ … that the men left for Nigeria and returned Wednesday night, and the police tracked their travels and were waiting for them when they landed in Chicago. –TMZ

On January 29, Smollett said he was attacked at 2 a.m. outside of a Chicago apartment building after walking home from a Subway. Smollett said he was attacked by two men in ski masks who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and said “This is MAGA country” during the assault – a claim the Empire star failed to mention in his initial police report, yet said his manager says he heard over the phone.

Smollett eventually turned over heavily redacted phone records to the Chicago Police, after he and his his manager, Brandon Moore, claimed they were on the phone during the attack, and Moore heard the “MAGA Country” phrase.

He said the attackers then doused him in bleach and put a noose around his neck, which he was still wearing as he walked back into his Chicago apartment – along with the sandwich.

Questions were raised over Smollett’s story – including by Smollett’s neighbors.

“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” said neighbor Agin Muhammad who lives in the same building.

“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?” –NY Post

13 days after the attack, the Empire star

Smollett’s claim prompted widespread support among political activists, candidates and those in the entertainment industry. Democratic Senators and 2020 contenders Cory Booker and Kamala Harris both described the incident as a “modern-day lynching.”