According to Daily Wire:
Actor Jussie Smollett allegedly concocted an attack on himself because he was angered that a racist letter that was mailed to him in January did not get a “bigger reaction.”
So he took matters into his own hands.
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS Chicago, which reported that “other sources corroborated that information.”
On January 22, a letter threatening Smollett was received in the mail at the Fox studio where “Empire” is filmed.
“Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CNN that the letter, received on January 22 at Cinespace Studios, where the show is filmed, prompted a response from the HAZMAT unit,” CNN reported. “Guglielmi said authorities determined the powder to be aspirin, but declined to give details on the content of the letter.”
A report from The Blast states that “the FBI is investigating who sent the letter, regardless of whether or not the threat was legitimate or part an elaborate set-up involving Smollett.”
That might have just been his first hoax attempt.
The Blast’s sources say that the charge would be “mailing threatening communications,” and that “legally, if reports are true and somehow the letter send is a part of some hoax or setup, whoever is responsible can be arrested.”
This latest development comes after CBS News Chicago reported over the weekend that “sources” indicated that “at least one of the brothers bought the rope used in the incident at Smollett’s request” and “the brothers were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria and were promised an additional $500 upon their return.”
This isn’t going away… The tables have turned in the Jussie Smollett investigation to the point where a grand jury has reportedly been assembled to decide whether the Empire actor orchestrated his own attack.