Jussie Smollett reportedly sent racist, homophobic letter to himself

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Authorities also advised that Smollett is in custody after turning himself in, and will have a bond hearing later this afternoon.

In January, Smollett alleged that two men assaulted him in what appeared to be a hate crime due to the actor being a homosexual and African-American. TMZ reports that Smollett told police he has a drug issue during his arrest. He called Smollett a "troubled young man who resorted to both drastic and illegal actions".

Trump weighed in on Thursday, accusing Smollett of insulting "tens of millions" of his supporters "with your racist and unsafe comments".

Editor and commentator Jarrett Stepman of The Daily Signal, an online publication of the conservative The Heritage Foundation, faulted left-of-center pundits and politicians for seizing immediately on Smollett's claims in a bid to score political points.

The actor alleged the men threw a noose around his neck and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" "When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more hard for other victims of crime to come forward". Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to hold a Thursday morning news conference, and Smollett was expected to appear in court later in the day.

Johnson said that the 36-year-old "Empire" star, who is black and gay, initially "attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language".

They agree to cooperate with the investigation, which has now shifted from hate crime to disorderly conduct.

Non-government researchers have come up with a variety of findings.

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Smollett texts Abel Osundairo, "Might need your help on the low".

"At the time, on Tuesday, police officer were saying that his account was consistent, it was credible, and that he was being cooperative", Roberts said.

"I think that if he is honest and transparent and genuine about his rationale for what led him to this deep, dark, disturbing place, he could potentially creep back into the hearts of people who had reverence for him", Britto said.

First, it gives prosecutors the option of charging or threatening to charge them with lying to a grand jury if it ever looks like they might try to recant their statements about Smollett. The president of the United States is going to eat his lunch, and who does the president of the United States watch every night?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) deleted an earlier tweet expressing outrage at the attack. He also took the media to task, calling for the same level of coverage for victims of gun violence.

"He probably knew he needed somebody with bulk", he said of Smollett's decision to hire the two muscular brothers.

Why would Smollett fake his crime, alledgedly?

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