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Empire actor Jussie Smollett “concocted” a “staged attacked” against himself after receiving a racist letter addressed to him failed to evoke a “bigger reaction,” a source tells CBS 2.
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” one source told CBS 2’s Brad Edwards, who reported “other sources corroborated that information.”
Letter - Powder - January - Chicago - Set
A letter contained “white powder” was delivered on January 22 to a Chicago set where Empire was filming in the days leading up to the alleged staged assault. In a statement to CNN, Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi confirmed a HAZMAT team scrambled to Cinespace Studios, where the program was being shot, after the letter was found.
The substance was found to be powdered aspirin.
TMZ - Smollett - Letter - Fox - Studios
According to TMZ, Smollett had received a letter at Fox studios which read “Die Black ****.”
The FBI is probing the matter, said Guglielmi.
CBS - Report - Press - Representative - Smollett
CBS 2’s report comes after a press representative for Smollett said that the actor will not meet with police Monday as accusations swirl that he “orchestrated” the attack with two Nigerian brothers who were extras on Empire. “There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Crisis manager Anna Kavanagh said in a statement. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today.”
On Sunday, Chicago police said they requested a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving “new evidence” in their interrogations of the brothers, Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, but would not comment on reports of the attack being staged. “We’re not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we’ve gotten,” Guglielmi said.
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