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Feb 14 2019
Jussie Smollett Believes Persons Of Interest In Surveillance Video Are His Attackers — Cops Think He Staged The Whole Thing Comments (0)

Screen-shot-2019-02-14-at-10-03-820x430Smollett on GMA (Image via ABC)

Jussie Smollett's GMA interview aired Thursday morning, and in it, he described his attack in detail ...

FURTHER UPDATE: According to Variety and to local reporters, police have concluded that Smollett and the two persons of interest on the video released by authorities staged his alleged attack, possibly because his character was being written off the show. Many in the media had surmised the facts of this case were not lining up; it's tragic if this were made up for any reason.

Chicago cops still insist, publicly, that he is being treated as a victim. If two guys he knew did this, there are two possibilities — personal revenge or he set it up. Which sounds more likely?

UPDATE: Cops know who the two people in the video are:


Among the revelations — he originally went to Walgreens, then had DzXksAKW0AANMOu to go to Subway because Walgreens was closed; he reiterates that he was on the phone with his manager at the time of the attack; he seems to imply that while his attackers had ski masks, it may not have been due to anything more than the Chicago weather; and, most interestingly, he says he can't ID his attackers but from stature alone he is convinced the people of interest on video are his assailants.

I think the last assertion is what is troubling to me. The attack was not random since his attackers knew him on sight and had bleach and a rope, so if he was ambushed, why would these two people leave the attack calmly, simply walking away?

We will see how things develop. It should be noted that Smollett, according to police, has been cooperative and has never changed his story: