Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the hit show Empire
, claims that on January 29, 2019, he was attacked by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs who tied a noose around his neck. The singer was hospitalized, and the Chicago police department said they were treating the incident as a possible hate crime. In the days that followed, many reached out with support for the actor, while there also remained many unanswered questions.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Are you involved in a story that has made the headlines?
As the police continued their investigation, the story took a sharp turn. According to police, two Nigerian brothers who were questioned as possible suspects claim Smollett orchestrated the entire attack and paid them $3,500.WATCH: Journalists With Opposing Views Weigh In On Jussie Smollett Case
Smollett surrendered to Chicago police and was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, although he maintains he’s a victim. If convicted, he faces a $25,000 fine and a prison sentence up to three years.
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On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil
, journalists and media personalities, including Harvey Levin from TMZ Live
, share their various theories about the allegations and investigation which has raised questions such as: How often do hate crimes occur? And, why would a person lie about a hate crime? Check here
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TMZ’s Harvey Levin Shares New Information About Jussie Smollett Case