Jussie Smollett, earlier this week, fell victim to a heinous double hate crime after two white men targeted him in a racist and homophobic attack.
After the news initially broke, several simple-minded trolls took to social media to dub the entire ordeal a carefully orchestrated hoax, as not many additional details on the attack were yet made public. Since then, several people have come to the actor's defense, with more concrete details surrounding the incident now coming to the forefront.
Shortly following the attack, some pessimists took to Twitter to accuse the Empire star of facilitating the attack himself after it was reported that he refused to hand over his phone records to the police.
TMZ is now reporting, after speaking with sources directly linked to the star, that that was not the case, but rather, he did not want to turn over his phone.
The sources further shared that the cops "informally asked" Smollett if he would turn over his phone to them so they could further verify that he was, in fact, speaking with his manager at the time of his attack.
The actor reportedly felt "uncomfortable" with putting one of his most personal and private possessions in their hands and declined, but he was never asked about phone records.
A Chicago police officer claimed Smollett refused to turn over both the phone and the records. However, the site reports that the actor already made it known that he will provide the phone records with the authorities and is currently in the process of gathering them.
The sources closely connected to Smollett also cleared up two additional points. Firstly, in response to reports that the actor told the police the culprits were wearing MAGA hats, the sources clarified that he never made that statement, but rather said they screamed, "MAGA country."
Secondly, there are further reports that Smollett had the rope around his neck long after the incident had occurred, even while he was being treated at the hospital for his injuries. The sources confirmed that those reports are false. While he did have the rope around his neck when the cops arrived at his building 42 minutes after the attack, he kept it there only to "preserve the evidence."
Needless to say, the doubts surrounding the attack pale in comparison to the love and support Smollett is receiving for his bravery. See the reactions from those who are defending his honor, below:
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