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The Complete Timeline Of Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Assault And Eventual Arrest

 

 

On January 29, 2019, Empire actor Jussie Smollett told authorities he was the victim of a hate crime. According to the openly gay Black actor, two men attacked him around 2 am in Streeterville, a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. Smollett alleged his assailants put a noose around his neck while yelling, “This is MAGA country,” poured an unknown chemical on him, and screamed racial and anti-gay statements.

As news of the reported incident hit social media, celebrities, 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates, and even President Trump voiced outrage at such a vile act. Three weeks after the alleged chain of events, the narrative of the night changed. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) have since said they believe Smollett lied. CPD charged Smollett with disorderly conduct, claiming that he filed a false report. Police formally took Smollett into custody on February 21, 2019.

So, what exactly happened with the Jussie Smollett case? If Smollett did file a false report, he could be facing severe legal consequences. Smollett’s legal representation maintains their client’s innocence. Here are the key moments from the still-evolving Jussie Smollett story.

 

 

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