What happened? A timeline of the Jussie Smollett case

chicagotribune.com | 2/21/2019 | Staff
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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men attacked him near his apartment building in Streeterville, slipping a noose around his neck and yelling racial and homophobic slurs. More than three weeks later, authorities said they now believe Smollett was lying and charged him with disorderly conduct, alleging he filed a false police report.

Here are some key moments in the unfolding saga:

Week - Streeterville - Smollett - Envelope - Production

— The week before he says he was attacked in Streeterville, Smollett reported receiving an envelope addressed to him at production studios on Chicago’s West Side. The envelope was postmarked in southwest suburban Bedford Park four days earlier, on Jan. 18. The letters “MAGA” were written, in red ink, in the return address section of the envelope. Smollett told police he and the show’s executive producer used gloves to open the envelope. Inside was a threat in cut-out letters: “You will die black (expletive).” There was white powder in the envelope, but it was determined to be crushed acetaminophen — a pain reliever in Tylenol — according to police.

— Smollett reports he was attacked by two men while out getting food from a Subway sandwich shop around 2 a.m. The actor, black and openly gay, said he was walking back to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, declared “This is MAGA country,” hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.

Chicago - Police - Report - Dozen - Detectives

— Chicago police report they have at least a dozen detectives reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown, but none of the videos show the attack. Police release images of two people in the area at the time whom they would like to question. The two persons were captured by a surveillance camera on...
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