“Empire” star Jussie Smollett‘s team is setting the record straight. New reports claim the actor’s representatives have cleared up multiple reports claiming he refused to hand his phone over to law enforcement and saw his attackers wearing Make America Great Again hats.
According to the latest reports, Jussie did not refuse – but instead – felt uncomfortable turning his phone over to cops.
The sources say cops “informally asked” Jussie if he would surrender his phone … to verify he was talking to his manager on his cell when he was attacked. We’re told he felt “uncomfortable” doing that and declined, but he was never asked about phone records. A Chicago police official had said Jussie refused to turn over both the phone and records. We’re told Smollett has already said he will provide the records, and is in the process of gathering them. (TMZ)
Smollett’s team also addressed MAGA and rope stories connected to the attack.
The sources underscore what TMZ first reported … that Jussie never said the men were wearing the hats. Rather, they screamed “MAGA country.” And the last point … there are reports that Jussie had the rope around his neck long after the incident when he was being treated at the hospital. We’re told that is not the case. He did have the rope around his neck when cops arrived at his building 42 minutes after the incident. The sources say he kept it there to “preserve the evidence.” (TMZ)
Last night, the actor/singer’s sister Jurnee Smollett Bell came forward to address his Chicago attack.
On Thursday, the President of the United States was asked about the homophobic, racist attack against Smollett by a reporter in the Oval Office. “That, I can tell you, is horrible,” Trump said. “I’ve seen it, last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse as far as I’m concerned.” (E! News)
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