Jussie Smollett Hires Lawyer As Police Suggest He Orchestrated His Own Attack

Published: Saturday 16th Feb 2019 by Rashad

With every new report the stories surrounding the mysterious, alleged late January attack of singer/actor Jussie Smollett takes more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera.

As we previously reported, Chicago police originally stated there were no persons of interests discovered after reviewing hours of footage from “city street cams” near the location of the alleged incident.  Days later, they not only discovered two men but even made arrests in the days that followed that discovery.

Those first suspects – former ‘Empire’ actors – were released without charge in light of “new evidence.”  Now, CNN and a number of major outlets are reporting that new evidence revolves around an investigation that suggests Smollett orchestrated his own attack.  Details inside:


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.

The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.”
Our friends at Deadline followed up with a similar story:

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline today.

“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,” a Chicago PD statement late Saturday declared. “We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”


The news of being viewed as an “active participant” in his own attack is what reportedly led the 36-year-old actor to seek his own lawyer.

Jussie Smollett has hired Michael Cohen’s criminal defense lawyer, the attorney confirmed this week, amid the deepening mystery of the “Empire” actor’s claim that he was the victim of a hate attack.

“Yes, at the moment, I am,” Michael Monico, a former federal prosecutor in Illinois’ Northern District, told WGN’s “The Roe Conn Show” on Thursday.

Monico did not say how long he’s been representing Smollett, or in what capacity.


The report above surfaced just hours before it was revealed the brothers, who identify as friends of Smollett’s, actually purchased the rope that was “tied around his neck” during the attack.

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  1. Caleb February 16, 2019

    TGJ… wtf?!

    • Nick ;) February 16, 2019

      Caleb we knew he orchestrated the attack from the get go. Everyone else is late to the party ?‍♂️

      • Caleb February 17, 2019

        Well TGJ reported it as a fact and wouldn’t dare say anything about an “alleged” hate crime or attack.

  2. Gee February 16, 2019

    This story is getting weirder by the day. If Jussie did in fact lie about this ordeal he should be fired and Lee Daniels should cut off all ties with him. He also should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Hopefully truth prevails at some point.

  3. Liam February 16, 2019

    This whole situation is getting messier by the minute

  4. Mhhmm February 16, 2019

    He will

  5. Mhhmm February 16, 2019

    He will sure have men beating and stuffing him now that he’ll be serving time for lying. I hope Jussie got his practice in because his b*** going from o to O

  6. DanYiel Iman February 16, 2019

    If he’s lying I AM DONE!!??‍♂️

  7. Kara February 16, 2019

    All this for a TV show on the edge of being cancelled.

  8. MikeL February 17, 2019

    Are you gonna apologize to Erykah Badu for advising people to wait for more information yet?

  9. WakeUpBlackFolk February 17, 2019

    HAHAHA Jussie is a f***** moron…. Only idiots believed this bogus story to begin with…. Don’t drop the soap, Jussie..

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