On January 18, 2019, snippets of videos recorded at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., appeared to show Nathan Phillips being harassed by a group of fifty to sixty high school boys who had MAGA gear on. They were widely shared through social media, including Twitter and YouTube, with one video reaching two million viewers in two hours.
It put both parties in the spotlight forever. Planned or not. Could this be a page taken from that book?
Jussie Smollett said that in the early morning of January 29 he was attacked by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim” in the Streeterville neighborhood where he had been staying while filming his hit TV show “Empire.”
“They were white guys with MAGA hats” he says.
In this case, two brothers considered “potential suspects” in the Jan. 29 apparent hate attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett were taken into police custody Friday morning.
The brothers, who have not been publicly identified, are being questioned. They have not been arrested or charged but are “in custody” and not free to leave until they are finished being questioned, at which point they will either be charged or released.
Police sources have said detectives are investigating the possibility that Smollett staged the incident with the help of the brothers, who according to their attorney know the actor from working on the show and have also spent time with him at a gym.
A law enforcement source told the Tribune the two men, who are black, were brought in for questioning Wednesday night from O’Hare International Airport.
Guglielmi said the two were spotted in the area of the attack, which occurred around 2 a.m. Jan. 29 in the 300 block of East North Water Street. He released no other details, but a source familiar with the investigation said at least one of the men was traced through his use of a ride-share service.
Chicago detectives have sought Smollett’s phone records since shortly after he reported the attack because he said he was on the phone with his manager when it occurred. But police said this week that the records Smollett and his manager provided were redacted PDFs that were not sufficient for solving the case.
In the world of entertainment, “Tweets and Headlines” can launch or ruin careers. Could this be a case of catching headlines? Create divide? Political?
Was Jussie Smollett involved or the victim of these 2 black guys? Did they even arrest the right 2 people? Our sources say yes, yes and maybe. GEEZ, what some will do for traffic.