Feds questioning if Jussie Smollett sent threatening letter to himself

News of this comes after the police said the information they received from the two men who were questioned about the alleged assault "shifted the trajectory of the investigation".

Smollett's initial reports claimed two white men were the assailants of a violent racist, homophobic attack where he was called the n-word, suffered bleach being thrown on his person while his attackers yelled "MAGA country" and hung a noose around his neck.

February 4 - Chicago police release the incident report that notes Smollett still had a rope around his neck when police arrived to speak with him.

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, reported he was physically attacked while he was getting a sandwich around 2 a.m. on January 29 near his home in downtown Chicago.

Jussie Smollett has denied staging his alleged hate crime, but if his side of the story doesn't hold up, the ramifications could be serious.

Following the alleged attack, Smollett's colleagues and fans rallied around him, expressing shock and sadness.




"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 said. Smollett did not talk to the police on Tuesday, according to a source close to the actor.

Ironically, it has been reported that it was the fear of losing screen time on "Empire" that drove Jussie to allegedly orchestrate his own attack, for attention.

Police obtain and release images of two people they would like to question.

In a statement to CNN, Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that a HAZMAT team had been sent to Cinespace Studios, where the show was being filmed, upon the letter's discovery. Police have requested another interview with Smollett.

Smollett's attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson released a statement Sunday saying such allegations were "nothing further from the truth". "They get in a DUI, they call police and say, 'My auto was stolen.' Ninety percent of the time, even if they're charged with a felony, those people end up pleading to a misdemeanor".

"Just because on the letter, it had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing towards it with the words that said, 'Smollett, Jussie, you will die, black [expletive],'" Smollett said. But he refuted reports that said he told police the attackers wore "Make America Great Again" hats.

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