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How will Jussie Smollett case impact Assault Victims, LGBTQ, and #2020 election?

Jussie Smollett

On Jan. 29, 2019, Jussie Smollett, claimed two men attacked him on a cold Chicago morning around 2 am, as he was heading to his apartment. He said they yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, poured a chemical on him and put a rope around his neck.

TRUST: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

The Jessie Smollett story has offered an insightful look into the media circus in America. Long gone are the days that journalists would fact check, a clearly developing story. The level of emotion and outrage, coupled with political innuendo of the direct cause of Smollett’s attack, created a blame game on the current atmosphere in the USA. Many things are built on trust in the United States, especially victims rights, and the democratic process. Hence, when this same trust is broken it can lead to unbelievable consequences. Many actors, actresses, politicians, and media personalities, trusted the cover story presented by Smollett, due to 3 factors, RACE, LGBTQ, and POLITICS. It struck a nerve for many who heard it.

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However, Smollett case sources say had red flags from the get-go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Unfortunately, the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the exact location of that camera. The attack also took place on one of the nations coldest evenings in history, at a record minus (-9) degree Celsius.

Smollett said he was attacked by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. However, a crucial statement to investigators was he believed that the 2 alleged attackers screamed,

“This is MAGA country,”

However, statistics and ratings have proved that most Trump supporters and many black people no longer watch Empire.  An investigator on the case is rumored to make the statement “Not a single Trump supporter watches ‘Empire.”

Smollett, 36, sat down with ABC’s Good Morning America Robin Roberts for his first interview after he claimed he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters on Jan. 29. The interview aired on GMA on Thursday.

“Roberts gave Smollett a soft platform to spin his tall tale less than 24 hours before it was blown to pieces.”- Curtis Houck; -NewsBusters

ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams explained to Roberts that comments the actor made during the interview could be used against him. For example, Roberts asked Smollett if he believed the 2 shadowy figures seen in surveillance video could possibly be his attackers. Smollett responded, “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them. Never did.”

Smollett Get Legal Representation

In a recent statement, Jussie lawyers defended their client and blame the Chicago police. It states; “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,” the statement read.
“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.” Smollett’s attorneys said they expect further updates from Chicago police on the investigation and will continue cooperating with authorities.“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,” the statement read.

LGBTQ and POLITICS

“Played all of them for fools’: Democrats, media burned by rush to judgment on Jussie Smollett’-Washington Post reports..

Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has played the gay character of Jamal on the Fox TV drama “Empire.”For Sens. Kamala D. Harris and Cory A. Booker, Democratic presidential candidates who were promoting an anti-lynching bill, the “attack” on actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago looked like a horrible yet opportune talking point.

Instead, the apparent hoax is turning out to be a warning to 2020 Democratic candidates about singling out people for martyrdom, including the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault and the drum-banging American Indian who confronted Catholic high school students on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

In the rush to speak too soon about the Smollett case, Senators Harris and Booker stand out. Five hours after the initial report, Ms. Harris, a former California attorney general, pronounced the attack genuine and called it “an attempted modern-day lynching.”

“We must confront this hate,” she tweeted.

But this week, confronted with growing indications that Mr. Smollett’s story was a hoax concocted to help his television career, Ms. Harris has become a devotee of caution.

“I think that the facts are still unfolding,” she said. “I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.”

But this week, staring at the possibility that he swallowed a hoax gullible, the senator said he would withhold judgment on the case until “all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources.”

Donald Trump Jr. called Ms. Harris‘ newfound prudence “spineless spin.”

“Strange she was all over it when she thought it could serve a purpose,” the president’s son posted on Twitter. “Shocked that after jumping all over it when the narrative suited them now suddenly they won’t comment.”

He noted that even the Rev. Al Sharpton, who rose to prominence in the 1980s by defending a report of gang rape that was later discredited, called for “accountability” from Mr. Smollett after initially believing his story.

Mr. Sharpton said this week of Mr. Smollett and two friends, “If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum. Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done, no matter who is right or wrong.”

The president’s son commented, “Given the irony here of the past, it really says something that Sharpton is ahead of the pack of all the Democratic Presidential Hopefuls in condemning this terrible act of hate.”

DEVELOPING STORY

Jussie Smollett

The Cook County state’s attorney has recused herself from the investigation surrounding Jussie Smollett, as Chicago police continue to dig into the alleged hate crime attack the actor claims occurred last month.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself on Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear why. First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats will take over the case as acting state’s attorney. As the story develops, many television hosts are now speaking out about their thoughts on the case.

Late night host Trevor Noah may not know what, exactly, to make of the Jussie Smollett story, but he is sure of one thing: that people are often too quick to believe stories that confirm their own pre-existing biases, especially in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.

“I’m not saying that he is lying,” the Daily Show host said. “I’m just saying that his story doesn’t seem to line up with what’s happening.”

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media is a buzz, however, some notable commentary is listed below.

 

CONCLUSION

It is evident that this case will not end well for Jussie Smollett career and credibility. His actions in this entire process have been questionable. The story was clearly to good to be true. Three reasons why..

  1. An extremely late night attack on the coldest day in modern American history. The purpose of Smollett being out at 2 am was for a subway sandwich.

  2. The attackers are no longer Caucasian, but Nigerians. WHAT AFRICAN PERSON GOES OUTSIDE IN BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES .. unless they are getting paid.

  3. MAGA HATS, ROPE AROUND THE NECK, BLEACH, AND TIMELINE. WHO KEEPS A ROPE AROUND THEIR NECK, WHILE FIGHTING OFF CRIMINALS, GETTING BLEACHED, SAVING A SUBWAY SANDWICH AND ONLY GETTING A ONLY A SCRATCH, THEN CALLING THE POLICE 45 MINUTES LATER!

It doesn’t end well for Jussie Smollett, who has been cut out of scenes from the FOX series Empire, due to this pending case. However, the severe impact and damage to Assault victims, LGBT, and some Democratic candidates have been done. Smollett can face jail time for also lying to the FBI, about this possible hate crime. Some have mentioned that this leaves a stain on Black History Month, due to his actions.

UPDATE: JUSSIE SMOLLETT OFFICIALLY CHARGED WITH FELONY DISORDER

A charge of disorderly conduct has been approved against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, according to an email from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Filing a false police report is disorderly conduct, according to Illinois code.
Disorderly conduct is a class 4 felony, the State’s Attorney Office says.
A bail hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday.