The Associated Press report that Chicago PD says they received a tip that Empire actor Jussie Smollett and his two alleged attackers were seen together in an elevator the night of the incident.
Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released a statement saying that a person in the building where Jussie Smollett lives saw the actor and the two brothers inside an elevator the same night the Empire star claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack.
Chicago police have not yet confirmed the witness’ account, Prior to this report, Empire crew members Ola and Abel Osundairo said they were recruited by Smollett to help orchestrate the attack. This combined with the city holding a Grand Jury hearing on whether Smollett should be charged with a felony for filing a false police report has cast a lot of doubt on the actor’s story.
As a result, many are starting to distance themselves from the Empire actor. Artists like rapper Cardi B have voiced their concerns about the ongoing investigation, while Empire is rumored to have cut a lot of Smollett’s storyline in the upcoming season.
Despite this, Jussie Smollett and his lawyers are still maintaining his innocence, stating anyone who claims Smollett falsified the attack is “lying.”
UPDATE: Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. However, he said video evidence allowed investigators to determine the report wasn’t credible.
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