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Nuccio DiNuzzo / Getty ImagesActor Jussie Smollett is pictured after a court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019, in Chicago. A year ago, Smollett made national headlines when he claimed to have been attacked by two white Trump supporters in an early-morning confrontation in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Getty Images)
One year ago, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett apparently decided what his career really needed was a fake hate crime committed against him.
We’ve never been quite clear on the “why” behind this, nor am I entirely certain it’s important, but that’s what he decided needed to be done.
So, he allegedly hired a duo of inept, Keystone Kops-ish brothers of Nigerian heritage to pretend to be white supporters of President Donald Trump. These white Trump supporters would assault him, scream “This is MAGA country” and then run off into a chilly Chicago morn, leaving Smollett to contact the police and reap the rewards.
There were problems with this story from the beginning, back on Jan. 29, 2019, but that didn’t stop famous people from believing it. This was mostly because the media reported it almost uncritically — until, that is, additional details started emerging.
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 29, 2019
This. Is. Vile. https://t.co/8h6qfSmG5U
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 29, 2019
The reported hate attack on my friend and brother, actor Jussie Smollett is despicable and outrageous. The guilty must face the maximum.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 29, 2019
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