With every passing minute this case gets crazier and crazier! The "attack" case of Jussie Smollett has had the nation on a wild goose chase from the jump with many of us giving it the side-eye from day one. Now we've got new details coming straight from the Chicago PD saying that all of this may have been drummed up because Smollett's hate mail didn't get enough press?
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information."
You remember the old school threatening letter right?
Yeah, he ALLEGEDLY wanted that scribble to get more press than it did.
"Smollett received a letter containing a white powder Jan. 22. The letter was mailed to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where the show “Empire” is filmed. The letter prompted a HAZMAT response. CPD says the “white substance” was later determined to be aspirin."
Due to the lack of press, Smollett decided to take matters into his own hands (allegedly) and put this on a national scale. However, if you're going to orchestrate something like this, you might want to make sure that your partners don't sing like Fantasia during a Gospel tribute!
"Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Abel and Ola Osundairo told cops they got in a car with Jussie and scouted a location, settling on the one right outside the actor's apartment. The brothers said Jussie chose the spot because he believed a camera would have captured the action.
Our sources say the brothers told police Jussie said he wanted to make it a "physical thing," but not to the point he'd be seriously injured.
On the night Jussie says he was attacked, the brothers claim they showed up at the scene but were extremely nervous because, just as they played out the scene, a car drove by and they were worried they'd be ID'd
.Our sources say the brothers performed per the rehearsal -- they screamed out they recognized Jussie from "Empire" and then hurled the racist n-word and the homophobic f-word.
The brothers told cops they "made contact with Jussie's face" but it was "weak." They said they didn't know how he suffered the bruises but the staged fight was not designed to injure him."
We thought it was a little fishy when the first photo of the brothers was released that they were as buff as they are and Jussie only had a few scratches.
Things most definitely aren't looking like they're going to go in Smollett's favor on this one. Only time will tell!