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Report: Jussie Smollett “devastated” that fans think he staged bogus attack

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It has been a week of very serious allegations for Empire actor Jussie Smollett. As we’ve been reporting all week, Smollett, now stands accused of orchestrating that bogus attack in Chicago — by paying two of his Nigerian buddies. While many now believe that the attack is/was fake, Smollett, apparently hasn’t copped to it among his friends and family.

Prison cell bars – Credit SandraRose.com

According to Sandra Rose, Smollett is “devastated” that people would actually think he would make something up. But, what Smollett doesn’t realize, is that police didn’t think such until they actually interviewed the two men.

Fox32 Chicago reports that police did find a receipt for a rope from an Ace Hardware in Chicago (inside the brothers’ home). Police sources told the website that the brothers’ have “agreed to fully cooperate” with authorities, especially, now that Smollett himself is looking at jail time.

A statement from his attorney reads the following..

As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.

“Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”


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