According to a report by CBS Chicago, Jussie Smollett was upset that the racist threatening letter sent to him didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” So he decided to concoct a fake hate ctime.
A source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards: “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack.”
On January 22nd, Smollett received a threatening racist letter – mailed to Empire’s Chicago studio – crafted with letters from magazines.
The letter contained a white substance which turned out to be aspirin.
The FBI is still investigating the letter but made a breakthrough when during a search of the Nigerian brothers home last week some of the items inventoried on police evidence logs show a “magazine, a wallet with stamps and piece of paper/writing were taken from home”
Smollett claims two men attacked him in Streeterville early Jan. 29 as he was heading to his apartment. He said they yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, poured a chemical on him and put a rope around his neck.
Sources say at least one of the brothers bought the rope used in the incident at Smollett’s request. The sources also say the “Empire” actor paid for the rope, which was purchased at the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store in the Ravenswood neighborhood the weekend of Jan. 25.
On top of that, sources say the Nigerian brothers told police Smollett paid them to fake attavk him.
Fake hate crime, fake letter.
Sources said one of the brothers held the rope and poured bleach while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett.
The sources say the red hat was bought at an Uptown beauty supply store and that the attack was supposed to happen before Jan. 29. The brothers told detectives the three men rehearsed the attack days prior to it happening. Smollett paid the brothers $3,500.
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