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Jussie Smollett Allegedly Attacked for Race and Sexuality

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Jussie Smollett Allegedly Attacked for Race and Sexuality

Jordan Myers, Entertainment Editor

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As ‘Empire’ star, Jussie Smollett, casually walked down the streets of downtown Chicago at 2 am, two masked men dressed in black shouted racial and homophobic slurs as they aggressively beat him in the face with their hands, poured a substance thought to be bleach on him, and tied a rope around his neck. The thirty-six-year-old actor and singer is black and openly gay.

Jussie Smollett after the attack(left) and the possible culprits(right).

The Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that investigators have received footage of Smollett lifelessly walking home with a rope tied around his neck minutes after the attack. They have also obtained surveillance video of the possible culprits fleeing the scene. Investigators have yet to recover footage of the assault itself. At first, Smollett was reluctant to go to the police and report the incident but someone close to him convinced him to. Guglielmi added that the officers who arrived at his house following the attack reported that he still had the rope around his neck and his face covered in cuts and scrapes. Smollett later reported that the assailants yelled, “This is MAGA country!” during the attack.

There seems to have been a warning sent to his house a week before the attack in the form of a letter. On February 22nd, FBI investigated a letter sent to Smollett’s house that contained a white powder that ended up being crushed powder Tylenol. Investigators are currently trying to track down the store that the rope was bought from to either prove that this whole incident is a hoax or that it was, in fact, real and lead them to the assailants. Some people believe that the incident was a hoax because Smollett said when he reported the attack, he was on the phone with his agent when he got attacked but he and his agent are reluctant to hand over their phones to investigators. If the incident is proven to be a hoax, Chicago police intend to press charges against Smollett.

President Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday (Jan. 31) that he saw the story the night before, “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” The president’s Trump International Hotel & Tower is in the general area where the attack took place.

People think wealth can protect someone from violence, but that’s not always the case. Some people will call this attack just another Chicago crime but it’s not, this is a hate crime and those who deny that are disregarding the painful words of an innocent, emotionally and physically hurt victim and taking sides with people who have caused irreversible trauma to a man’s life for simply being himself.

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Jordan Myers, Entertainment Editor

Jordan Myers is a Freshman at Sahuaro High School and the Entertainment Editor for The Paper Cut. In his time away from school he enjoys scrolling through...

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One Response to “Jussie Smollett Allegedly Attacked for Race and Sexuality”

  1. Paul Jasinevicius on February 9th, 2019 7:46 am

    As a young writer you should learn that there are usually three sides to a story and the truth is born from facts . So remember to put
    the word “alleged” when describing a potential crime that is based solely one persons story.

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