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Chicago police: Reports that 'Empire' actor faked alleged attack 'unconfirmed'

February 14, 2019 - 7:45 pm

CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- Chicago police said Thursday night that reports that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged the alleged attack on himself last month -- during which the actor claimed a noose was put around his neck and homophobic slurs were said -- are "unconfirmed."

"Media reports anout the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. "Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate."

Earlier Thursday, ABC7 in Chicago, citing "multiple sources," reported "police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

And CBS 2 in Chicago reported, citing sources, as well, "Investigators believe Jussie Smollett and the non-cooperating witnesses in the alleged attack of Smollett last month 'potentially staged the attack.'"

Smollett said he was attacked around 2. a.m, on Jan 29, while out getting a sandwich at Subway. He told police that two masked men attacked him, and in addition to the noose and homophobic comments, they also poured liquid on him that smelled like bleach.