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What We Know Now

Nearly four weeks after the incident, the actor formerly known as a victim of a racist & homophobic attack is arrested and accused of staging the attack on himself.

What’s next for Smollett?

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  • 1/22: Police confirmed a racist letter was sent to Smollett containing a white powder (later determined to be aspirin).
  • 1/29: Smollett tells police he was attacked by 2 men who put a noose around his neck, beat &  threw bleach on him, while yelling racial & anti-gay slurs.
  • 1/31: Smollet refused to hand his phone to police citing privacy.
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“I’m an advocate. I respect too much the people – who I am now one of those people – who have been attacked in any way.  You do such a disservice when you lie about things like this.”

Smollett breaking his silence in a February 14th interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America" (GMA).
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  • 2/11: Smollett gives police a redacted file of his phone records
  • 2/14: In an interview, Smollett says the attackers shouted “This is MAGA country.” He did not describe their skin color, but insinuated that they were white.
  • 2/15: Police release two suspects, two brothers originally from Nigeria, held for two days w/o charges.
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Smollett: arrested & charged with a felony for filing a false police report.

  • Prosecutors say Smollett orchestrated the entire attack – hiring the two brothers to help him.  Police say Smollett paid the 2 former “suspects” $3.5k to attack him.
  • Smollett released on $100,000 bond; due back in court on 3/14.
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“This announcement today recognizes that ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking why… Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
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“Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Smollett's lawyers in a statement that also said: "The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election."
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America's third largest city, Chicago, has the most extensive video surveillance system in America. More than 50 public & private video cameras were used in the investigation. Police also executed 50 warrants & interviewed 100+ people.

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