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Reports: Police believe Jussie Smollett paid Nigerian men to stage “MAGA” attack

Reports: Police believe Jussie Smollett paid Nigerian men to stage “MAGA” attack

It sounded too politically good to be true from the start: Two white guys running around Chicago in the middle of a Polar Vortex wearing MAGA hats while carrying bleach and a noose who happened to find a high-profile gay black actor to attack.

The Jussie Smollett story of a racial attack was too politically convenient to be true. And as with investments, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

We have covered several dozen hoaxes, including The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013. The Jussie Smollett story had all the indications of a hoax, of seeming too politically convenient and useful to be true.

The alleged crime took place in late January, when two white men in #MAGA hats attacked the gay black actor, call him racist and homophobic slurs, punched him while saying “this is MAGA country,” threw bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck.

How “convenient” a story in the age of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The political convenience was shown with the overwhelming liberal condemnation not only of the attack but of Trumpism, even though the facts were suspicious from the start. Follow these threads for a sampling of screenshots about the alleged crime by Hollywood and liberal political elites:

But there were facts that made it seem, from the start, less than probable: MAGA supporters in Chicago carrying bleach? In the middle of the night randomly finding a high profile black actor to attack? In the middle of the Polar Vortex of below zero temperatures? And why a noose? I understand the imagery, but the likelihood?

As in all these potential hoaxes, we exercised caution as police searched, in vain, for video footage of the crime. Another suspicious absence in a city flooded with security cameras. When two men were finally identified, they turned out to be black Nigerians who had some relationship to Smollett.

Now it appears to be completely falling apart for Smollett. The Nigerians, initially arrested, have been released and are cooperating with police. Multiple national and local news sources are reporting that their police sources are telling them the Nigerians have confessed to purchasing the hats and the rope for Smollett and at his cost, in order to stage the attack.

CBS2 in Chicago reports:

Two brothers who were questioned and released by Chicago police investigating the Jussie Smollett attack did play a role in the crime.

Sources say at least one of the brothers bought the rope used in the incident at Smollett’s request. The sources also say the “Empire” actor paid for the rope, which was purchased at the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store the weekend of Jan. 25.

The brothers were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria and were promised an additional $500 upon their return.

The sources say plain red hats worn by the brothers were bought at an Uptown beauty supply store and that the attack was supposed to happen before Jan. 29….

The brothers are now cooperating with police.

Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said:

“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

CNN reports:

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

Is it “possible” Smollett did not set up this hoax. Yes, but it’s as likely as two white guys running around Chicago in the middle of a Polar Vortex wearing MAGA hats while carrying bleach and a noose.


“CPD Spox: Jussie Smollett is no longer considered a victim in this case”


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Colonel Travis | February 16, 2019 at 9:07 pm

I am literally eating popcorn now. I think most people who say online that they’re eating popcorn are Jussie Smollett-type liars. Well, maybe that’s going too far.

Ladies and gentlemen, I assure you that I have a tub of popcorn from a Cinemark theater to my left as I type this.

And I am eating it.

This Smollett clown can go to hell. If he wasn’t going to be written out of that show before, he should be immediately.

    alaskabob in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Put some more butter on it for me… oh.. and coconut oil for popping!

      Arminius in reply to alaskabob. | February 16, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      No! Don’t put butter on it. Put Tobasco on it. Nothing is better than popcorn with Tobasco sprinkled on it, mix it up until the Tobasco goes everywhere, then eat it with beer.


      No matter what kind of popcorn we’ll be imbibing, this promises to be entertaining.

        Paul In Sweden in reply to Arminius. | February 17, 2019 at 7:37 am

        That sounds good. I will try your Tabasco suggestion and will also try sriracha. Good idea.

          I love sriracha. Please let us know if your experience is different from mine. Is there any kind of popcorn these days other than microwave? You wash the tobasco into the bag and shake it. It mixes gloriously.

          If I could have one hot sauce I would. And it would be Sriracha. Also it makes your fingers sticky.

      WestRock in reply to alaskabob. | February 17, 2019 at 9:04 am

      alaskabob and Colonel, have you ever tried putting Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning on popcorn? It has a little salt and a little spice and goes great on buttered popcorn. I never heard of Tony’s until I moved south and my daughter was introduced to it at summer camp. I just sprinkled it on an omelet – literally – as I was reading this story. But popcorn? I can’t eat it without Tony’s.

      This story smells like old fish, something I wouldn’t touch with or without Tony’s seasoning.

        Colonel Travis in reply to WestRock. | February 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm

        This popcorn talk is funny. I don’t microwave popcorn, make it with a Whirley Pop on the stove and coconut oil. All I add is regular table salt. I love spicy hot in general and make my own chili powders, but with popcorn I’m a simple man.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 17, 2019 at 10:21 am

    “The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity.” – @speakerpelosi”

    Smollett is clearly too dumb to effectively plan and execute even a simple crime like this. This is as good an example of why so many blacks are incarcerated.

    He managed some success, and now he has destroyed his reputation.

    Most certainly “@JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity”.

Maybe blacker than black guys weren’t the right fellows for a fake MAGA-inspired hate crime.

If arranged, why so ridiculous? Bleach and a noose. Cartoon stuff. And why not wait for more plausible weather? And wait for a more plausible time to be on the phone so someone can hear the “MAGA country” stuff. Even as a setup and a fake, this whole thing makes no sense at all.

    Colonel Travis in reply to tom_swift. | February 16, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The scheme is a parable of his intelligence. And by “intelligence” I mean “yes, he really is that dumb.”

    I wonder…. what’s the significance of ” by the 29th”?

    His contract renewal date?

      JPL17 in reply to murkyv. | February 17, 2019 at 12:33 am

      I think those renewals come up later, e.g., in March or April. But that just leaves open the intriguing question … why the January 29 deadline?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to tom_swift. | February 17, 2019 at 10:22 am

    The why is that he is simply dull witted.

    CKYoung in reply to tom_swift. | February 17, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Not making excuses for the alleged perpetrator, but he’s been around hollywood. Playing fake people, portraying fake lives, acting out fake stories. Probably like a lot of actors, he wanted to direct. Write a script, get a few props, hire some other “actors” and yell “Action!” He had/has a bad case of TDS, which has been the downfall of some others the last few years. I think the bigger play here is that anti-lynching law. It is already illegal to lynch someone, so what’s up with this new scheme? If you look into it, it is an anti-free speech law, meant for the left to censor any speech they disagree with. They are coming after the 1st Amendment, just like they want to eliminate the 2nd Amendment. We live in dangerous times.

    Sanddog in reply to tom_swift. | February 17, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Black, gay, actor, left wing politics, Chicago. He thought no one would even question the veracity of his story.

    The timing was perfect. It coincided nicely with the Kamala Harris and Corey Booker anti lynching legislation and they used Jussie’s fake hate crime to help get it passed. There are few coincidences in DC.

JusticeDelivered | February 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Notice the affirmative right to scheme and break the law?

A trans-social instability fueled by diversity and greed, that launched yet another warlock hunt and trial, only to capture the hunters and judges in a ball of poorly spun yarns.

Calling Smollett “high profile” is almost as much a whopper as his original story of the attack. Or any of his subsequent revisions of the story.

Never mind. For most of the media, I’m sure the “fake but accurate” standard will be applied and he’ll get a pass on any negative stories.

This will be redirected to once again place blame where it must be put… namely on whiteness and privilege. If not for those blatant lingering issues, he wouldn’t have had to raise everyone’s consciousness.

Should have stuck to acting and not scripting.

The two guys originally marked as suspects bought their rope at a hardware store called the Crafty Beaver. Not kidding, it’s kind of in a lesbian area of Chicago. All jokes aside, it’s one of the best local hardware stores in the city.

Tom wrote, “Even as a setup and a fake, this whole thing makes no sense at all.”

I think it makes sense in the same way that the Christine Blasey Ford charge against Kavanaugh makes sense: A Dem sees, or creates, a chance to damage Republicans, and acts upon it. Note, that the timing of the purported attack is such that there would be no witnesses.

If this is a hoax, it is evil on so many levels: Trump supporters painted with a racist brush, police resources wasted, potential race riots instigated.

So, if this is a hoax, Smollett should get no less than 2 years, even with good behavior, in prison. If Smollet actually was attacked, those attackers should be punished similarly

    Ozymandias in reply to Ira. | February 17, 2019 at 2:03 am

    White dude in Illinois who falsely accused a black guy of car-jacking him and taking his daughter (actually a drug deal gone bad) got three years. Be interesting to see how this goes down.

      Tom Servo in reply to Ozymandias. | February 17, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Sadly, it appears that the applicable law in Chicago for filing a false police report has a $10K fine as the maximum punishment. So Smollett writes a check, the media pretends it never happened, and everyone goes on like before.

“The facts may be wrong, but the narrative is correct.” I believe that’s what the gulled will be saying.

I just want to point out that this is the *Chicago* police saying this.

Expect at least two more major fact-flips.

The date, time, place, and temperature ensured there would be no witnesses.

Nobody with two functioning braincells to rub together thought this story was true.

Even the crying actress didn’t truly believe it; she used it as a political club while attempting to remain relevant since her star is fading

Make Smollett Incaracerated Again.

The MSM will memory hole this story immediately.
By Tuesday (remember, this is a holiday weekend) this will be forgotten.

How dumb to have two black men wear MAGA hats and attack you in Chicago!

He couldn’t even hire two white guys?


A certain cast of people, including a couple of relatives, were so happy, in a sense, to jump on this and the Covington issue because they dearly desired it be true. Condemning me and others who think as conservatives based on obvious hoaxes and lies. But they NEEDED and WANTED this stuff to be true.
Haven’t heard from them recently, though, while they continue to post on facebook. No mention.
Disappointed, I’m sure.
Except, I imagine they’re delighted this covered over the Kyle Yolerts murder. Which, as a matter of fact, actually happened.

Jussie’s attorney(s) are already having a field day – and the fun’s just begun.

Legal teams are already being recruited to contest the results of the 2020 election.

Well, this is interesting. I believe you and have locked horns over the nature of Islam. If you want to prove Islam is peaceful you can do it. The verses aren’t really peaceful but you don’t have to force your self into too many contortions. On the other hand if you want to say Islam is a religion of violence and conquest, no problem.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Arminius. | February 17, 2019 at 11:43 am

    It is amazing that a murdering, rapist barbarian from 1400 years ago could be the source of so much trouble today. It also says something about those dumb enough to believe in it.

And it involves NEEDING and WANTING things to be true. Interesting.

From a political, social, and press perspective, this seems to be an extension of The Covington Affair, which not only stoked diversity, but shutdown discussion of Constitutional rights, human rights, and The Wicked Solution/selective-child/cannibalized-child/planned parenthood.

“Republicans pounce” in 5…4…3…

Jew tricks 2 back guys into conning crime gets caught and then blames it all on them. Tsk tsk.

Just saying.

the real convincer for me that this story was fake is that he made it home with the sandwich intact.
Everyone knows that subways sandwiches are easily discombobulated. The way they are wrapped and the positioning and amount of the ingredients is such that any unsupported handling will shift everything and the sandwich comes apart out of the wrapping and a big mess.

That he hung on to it and kept it intact while sustaining injuries and a dousing with bleach tells me that somethings wrong with the whole story. Since I assume the story about the sandwich is probably true as there were witnesses then the unwitnessed stuff is problematical.

And fake hate crimes are usually done by the over emotional and thin skinned and Jussie strikes me as being both. They also are kinda dim and don’t think out how this will all work. He expects that he can bull his way thru by claiming he’s a black victim and must be believed.

Sorry, yeah, not sorry. That ship sailed a long time ago Juss. Too many others have tried to play that fake racist attack and been caught.

What makes me angry is there will be no punishment and no apologies to those he smeared and none who joined him will be held to account.

    Yippy in reply to jakee308. | February 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    The heavily redacted phone log that Jussie finally submitted to the police 5 days after they requested them was the nail in the coffin for me.

      MajorWood in reply to Yippy. | February 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      The phone log is actually a test. They can get the real numbers from the telco. They just want to see what the perp is willing to tell them. Think of it as a credibility test, where he has just scored below 0,(spelled name wrong).

Google Jussie Smollett and see all of the progressive twittervists trying to use this as a chiding moment of racism and anger….hilariously pathetic.

Double down is a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see how it works out for them.

OMFG!! Could this, shiver me timbers, be a hoax? A lie? like the last 32 million reported hate crimes?

OMFG! Could this be a hoax? A lie? Like the last 32 million reports?

Well, yes.

Two weeks ago if you asked me, “Empire” I’d have said “Roman?” I would have had no clue you meant a TV series. Starring who? Jessie Smollett. Who if you asked me two weeks ago to name I couldn’t have done it.

Now I’m supposed to believe he’s so important MAGA hat wearing freaks hang out outside of gay bars or whatever in the wee hours of the morning in sub-zero temps just to pour Clorox on him. Really?

If you notice a similarity, and you must, between my last two comments it’s because of the auto-submit my laptop has inflicted upon me.

I wonder how stupid the people of NYC and Chitown have to be.

You tell me.

I couldn’t pick smollet out of a police line-up. Yet somehos racists have figured out where he’s going to be in Chicago on a night below freezing.

Are you with me so far?

They have Clorox with them.

Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Racists walk among us, bleaching the black white. And we know it, and hide it.

Really, shouldn’t we be bothered by the important things. Like a 1950s song, Baby It’s Cold Outside?

With 2 Nigerians involved you’d have thought they’d come up with a more believable scam.

Bad noose travels fast.

When stuff like this happens, we should immediately start a poll as to how many times the claimant will double-down before finally coming clean. And yes, NEVER coming clean should be an optional choice. One news report now says that his lawyers report that Jussie was devastated to learn that his attackers were co-workers