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:
Chicago police say the two persons of interest have not been charged with a crime and there is no evidence they’re involved in the physical attack. “We know who they are and have brought them in for questioning” a CPD spokesman said.— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 14, 2019
Among the revelations — he originally went to Walgreens, then had 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:
"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them. Never did." @JussieSmollett tells @RobinRoberts he knows the two people captured in an image by police are the same people who attacked him that night. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/tcR4OSjfAA— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
"I want young people, young members of the LGTBQ community, young black children to know how strong they are." @JussieSmollett thinks people need to hear "the truth" after his attack. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/YGVIDMipgC— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
.@JussieSmollett received a letter reading "you will die" with the return address as "MAGA" to the Fox studios in Chicago that he believes may be connected with his attack. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/CDSjwnYMn1— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
"I want to believe, with everything that has happened, that there is something called justice." @JussieSmollett says he doesn't know how he will heal if his attackers aren't found. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/Shtw0qCQOZ— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
"Learn to fight. Learn to be a fighter." @JussieSmollett says his advice for young gay men is not a message of violence but rather telling a matter of fighting for love, and to learn to fight for what you believe in. https://t.co/b5efiP0JCG pic.twitter.com/beQ3gQQ6qk— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
Jussie Smollett: "It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more. A lot more. And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now." https://t.co/gMhSp8dO9e pic.twitter.com/WpUCq6STp2— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2019