Jussie Smollett

Chicago police say they are "making gains" in the 3-day investigation into the alleged attack on Empire star Jussie Smollet.

The actor claims he was attacked by two masked men who beat him and tied a "noose" around his neck in a homophobic hate crime early Tuesday in downtown Chicago.

According to ABC7 reporter Rob Elgas, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said police are "making gains" in the Smollett investigation and "hopefully a resolution soon".

Johnson also confirmed that Smollett is not the focus of a criminal investigation.

"Our job is to investigate and bring the individuals in" who allegedly attacked Smollett. Johnson said. "Today we have no reason to think he (Smollett) isn't being genuine".

Investigators previously said Smollett, 36, and his manager, Brandon Z. Moore, were being uncooperative and refused to hand over their phones to confirm their stories that they spoke by phone during the attack.

Moore said he "clearly heard" the attackers shout "This is MAGA country."

READ ALSO: President Trump Speaks On Alleged Jussie Smollett Attack

Police reviewed hundreds of hours of video footage but did not find any evidence of an attack.

According to investigators, Smollett was spotted on video footage as he approached his manager's apartment building after leaving Subway restaurant. He walked out of the frame on one camera and then reappears on a different camera, wearing a thin rope around his neck like a necktie.

According to Elgas, a Chicago police source tells Fox News affiliate Fox32 that Smollett was seen on surveillance video entering the building still holding his Subway sandwich after the alleged attack.

The actor will perform in concert at The Troubadour in West Los Angeles on Saturday.

Photo by Derrick Salters/WENN.com


  • TheWildChild

    But did he turn over the phone ?? He better pray "Anonymous" group doesn't have his ish' and blow out his career ? And what's up with the little Sesame Street hate letter sent to his mgt office prior to the alleged attack?

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They don't need his phone. They can subpoena the phone records from the carrier.

  • TheWildChild

    True....???

  • TheWildChild

    True....???

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Dude had to be windmilling ghost with that sandwich to still have in tow after being brutally beating?!

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    He lied.. the end. Now vamp Jussie.

  • Peace

    What happened in the Subway store? This is just too juicy to be true lol. Did they jump him in the bathroom? Where did he get jumped? Why didn’t he record them running away or get a pic of the perps? He lying. He suspect low key lying.

  • TheCatLady

    I just wanna know what kinda sandwich did her order and did he eat his chips first like I do.

  • Lee M. Cardholder

    "Close to a resolution" is diplomatic speak for "pretty damn sure it's a hoax."

  • Being bad is way more fun

    I hope they find everything to be true with lots of truth to back it up so people can stop causing so much drama over this !!!!! I will take his at his word until I find a reason not to. If this had happened to you the last thing you would want people to do is not believe you !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    He got a meatball sandwich.

  • Ni Ni

    Nuh unh...when did that happen? Where was i at? Isaiah got a gay son too?

  • 2gr8ful

    This story is making my head hurt and since day one any new news??? I am glad he is ok though.

  • Mielle Downey

    How tf did he still have the damn sandwich? Jussie is a fool for this. THAT SANDWICH MUST HAVE CRACK IN IT.

  • Mielle Downey

    It was the hamburgerler that attacked him.

  • 2gr8ful

    Exactly!! You would expect terms like “close to an arrest”......

  • 2gr8ful

    Exactly!! You would expect terms like “close to an arrest”......

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    *voice over* Today on the next episode of Jussie Has Issues...

  • Dowoop

    Just when we thought we had escaped this is where Sandra leaves us on a Friday night ... ??

  • Slutty Pineapple

    Something in the water ain't clean....

  • brooklyn23

    Right!

  • brooklyn23

    Lmao factz

  • Peace

    Girl. Sandra Rose posted a story on it at the time. Yup. Google it. He goes into gross detail about his butt being completely destroyed. That life less a life-partner can be very dangerous.

  • brooklyn23

    Off topic. I just read on some above link that led me to a link about Tisha Campbell having a restraining order on Duane Martin. Nigga allegedly abused her. Not surprised most of them closeted low esteem Homo dudes abuse chics

  • pcl

    "still holding the sandwich"?? Don't hold your breath until CNN or MSNBC gets around to mentioning that.

  • Music

    ??

  • Harley

    Yeah he def is closeted and it’s crazy how these celebs relationships come to light

  • Harley

    Sandra what is the disorder called when a person fixates on a particular person or story ?

  • pcl

    Wasn't that the deal with Nixon?

    Pat would call him a f a g and he'd smack her, then run off with Rebozo, his flamboyant mobster buddy.

  • dontgetblocked

    So they beat his azz, threw bleach in his face, and put a "noose" around his neck all in 60 seconds..yet he held onto that damn Subway sandwich in sub-degree weather. Yeah right!

  • dontgetblocked

    WTH?

  • NeverSurprised

    I was literally just reading this story. She says he punched her in the chest and, moreover, has been mentally and physically abusing her since they were first married in 1996. I totally believe it. Those down low men are seething with pent up anger directed at the women in their lives.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Duane(whom I met at a D'angelo concert) couldn't have been more pleasant to me.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Sounds like the same story she gave about Martin abusing her sexually since the VERY first season of Martin. Looks like a pattern.

  • Ni Ni

    Found the story...reading it now. A mess!

  • Ni Ni

    Here is the link, you all up in the post lol.

    http://sandrarose.com/2017/04/isiah-thomas-son-opens-raped/

  • NeverSurprised

    Held onto the sandwich AND held onto what is likely a very expensive phone (I guess "racist homophobes" don't like to steal expensive phones), then walked back through the building lobby as if nothing happened.

  • Peace

    Prayers up for the culture ?

  • Ni Ni

    We need it?

  • Peace

    The original article he did with ESPN or some other outlet. The man that raped him disappeared after the assault. Even off the app prolly tricking others on other apps. Be safe out there guys.

  • Ni Ni

    How sad. He mentioned that he'd had sex with men off grindr before ?...just like it was nothing.

  • Fodderwing

    ...all I want to know is what happened to the sandwich...

    Did it get mussed up by the bleach? Did he get to eat it? Was it taken in as evidence? If he did eat it before the cops came...would it be considered tampering with evidence?

    ???

  • Peace

    Really. Nowadays if you pull up to a gas station cameras catch your every move. Many a cases have been solved by law enforcement thanks to cameras.
    This CRIME was reported after the fact and the victim (maybe in shock) did not call 911 but his manager. No robbery just stupid stuff that has nothing to do with the other reported. What a waist of tax payers resources.
    Dude is not being truthful. Maybe he gave more details to the hospital. That scratch in his face was not the reason he he went to the hospital.
    That pic of him laying in the hospital bed looked like his butt had been blown apart?

  • Peace

    Just nasty. Welp he got his butt full of that app?

  • NeverSurprised

    Wow. Bebe Rebozo. I haven't heard that name in years

  • Thingamajig

    ??? dead.

  • Peace

    Cops say he had the sandwich in his hand went her entered his residence

  • NeverSurprised

    I will never, EVER, understand these people who meet a COMPLETE STRANGER online and just invite them over and jump in the bed with them. But if we're being honest, even before the internet, gay men have ALWAYS had sex with complete strangers -- in public bathrooms, at highway reststops, in parks, you name it. Promiscuity has historically been a big part of gay male culture and it is disingenuous to pretend otherwise .

  • Peace

    They doing the most to keep from going to jail for tax fraud. Divorce now this. She recently got her reserves clear from her shows. She gotta completely distance herself from him to get all her money free and clear. If he was beating her she would have been filed divorce. Never seen her with a black eye on My wife and kids or other shows. But hey protect yourself girl.

  • leapyearpisces

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder better known as OCD??? But in her defense, ALL the blogs are obsessing over this story #propaganda. That's why I been popping on and off the blogs all week. I'm tide of looking at Jamal Lyings.

  • leapyearpisces

    Look like all of that they did to him, would have made a ninja hungry and they would've took the sammich to refuel.

  • leapyearpisces

    OR......it could mean palms are being greased...negotiations are being made...possible pending or current charges (of the ones who will take the "fall") are being negotiated to be expunged with a sizeable deposit in their mama or babymama bank account....I have a feeling moves are being made to make sure he comes out smelling like a rose because once again, I feel this is a flagged event and he was put up to do this.

  • Ms..N

    Lol!

  • pure_rachet

    Subway is disgusting. No way I'm walking there at 2 AM in below freezing weather OR taking home a bleach sandwich and leaving a clothes line noose on for dam near an hour. FOH. Publicity Stunt.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ouch!!

  • DEPLORABLE DREG

    Another lying liberal. The police better arrest Smollet for a false crime report or that means we can report false crimes without worrying about being charged.

  • dontgetblocked

    Something ain't right.

  • dontgetblocked

    I might have held on to the Spicy Italian. It is good.

  • iyonah

    Agreed. Trying my best to reserve comment and judgement but the story doesn’t add up.

  • MissMaryMack410

    Good point. I wonder if the carrier can produce actual text messages or only time stamps of calls/messages and location(s) of the phone itself based off cell towers?

  • Kayke

    It was sexual harassment not abuse.....and its not a far fetched accusation. I don’t know any woman that hasn’t been sexually harassed at least once in her life.

  • KcoolMuziq

    No it wasn’t it was ALL the above. I followed the case very closely. Plus I worked with Martin myself and saw first hand.

  • hottlanta

    Nothing bout the black woman who put homeless people in hotels 2 get them outta the cold.

  • Passion

    So you were brutally beaten but managed to hold on to your subway sandwich and your cellphone?
    Talking on the phone at the time of the attack and your phone was not damaged or taken by the perps!
    How many minutes elapsed from entering his manager building until he emerges on video with the robe around his neck. Did he look distraught, hurt, bloody or dishelved?

  • Li-Wright
  • Kayke

    I can’t say I followed “closely” but it’s not hard to conceive what she said, like him trying to put tongue into on screen kisses, actually groping her during “under the sheet” scenes and sexual comments....all around the time Martin is having drug induced outburst and altercations, passing out in the streets, and gun violations. He seemed like a troubled man.

  • Michelle

    He gonna come out smelling rosy, the dems got a hold of the Chicago PD on his behalf. Can’t have this race baiting liar effin up the elections coming up in 2020.

  • R in NYC

    With banana peppers....yasss

  • Parent

    He's a little cutie right there in that pic!

  • TwitterFingerz

    I love your quotation marks around Making Gains lol! Maybe they know something we dont.

  • hottlanta

    Dont bleach fade your clothes especIally if u have on dark colors

  • NeverSurprised

    A false report that has resulted in TWENTY detectives being paid by Chicago taxpayers to "investigate" this lie. TWENTY.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Martin had too much on his plate. He didn’t handle fame too well. And judging from what his therapist(a family associate)said it was other reasons for that.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    This is the $HIT???

  • Me

    They are waiting to show the truth. It will be big.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    THIS is what we’ve been trying to find out!
    #whathappenedtothesammich

  • Me

    He was so brutally beaten that his face only had scratches. He has superpowers. He can be attacked by 2 racist homophobic Trump supporters, Fight back while on the cell phone and holding on to his food. Wow. He is the living Superhero.

  • Me

    He must have super powers to fight off 2 racist homophobic Trump supporters as he talks on his phone holding on to his food. They beat him so bad his face had just some scratches.

  • Sweetness

    I hope the CPD don't perpetuate this if it is not real. It's already hard enough to trust ANY police. But if Mr. Smollet is lying, and the CPD find two Caucasians to go along for this ride, I'm checking out of America.
    All the money in the world/payoff aint worth my conscience bothering me for the rest of my life.

  • Sweetness

    Mad props to this siser!

  • Sweetness

    Did the police take his clothing that bleach was thrown on for evidence?
    No exibit A? No plastic bag with the clothing? Did he at least SMELL like bleach when the police arrived? No retracing the scene to find a bleach trail? Oh...ok

  • Sweetness

    They must think we a new school fool.

  • Cricket404

    Bow Wow arrested this morning for fighting a woman. Sandra, what's the scoop?

  • hottlanta

    70 rooms n yet kim kar gets a photo op.

  • NeverSurprised

    He aso has the power of "superhealing". Only 3 days after being "brutally beaten" for 60 seconds by racist-homophobic-rednecks (who were gracious enough to let him keep his expensive iPhone), he is now well enough to perform tonight at a sold-out show that had trouble even selling $20 tickets prior to the "brutal acttack". He is SUPERJUSSIE!!!!

  • Sweetness

    Guess you gotta start a blog site or whatever so the real heros get mad props. I'll be your first subbie and what not.

    A site where we can go get some positive energy to refuel our brains from the madness of this world.

    It might even alleviate depression. Uh oh...might be on to something. Let's twalk! *in my NY accent

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    She was arrested for beasting him too. They both were fighting.

  • Ms. B

    Your Dismissed, BYE BYE

  • Cricket404

    Ohhh,where the video for that?

  • Ms. B

    There's still good people who cares for people and that's huge in this climate. She's an Angel, God Bless her

  • Bonita

    He was so brutally beaten that he's able to perform with a broken rib this weekend.

  • Me

    Exactly.

  • NeverSurprised

    Sandy Mae, I know you're relaxing and enjoying the weekend festivities, but PLEASE post the hilarious story about DEMOCRAT Gov. Northam of Virginia in either BLACKFACE and a nappy wig, or in a KKK hood. ???

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/02/01/politics/democrats-call-on-northam-to-resign/index.html

    He has admitted that one of the two men in the pic is him, but he won't say which one. I can just see him agonizing over which is more damaging to his DEMOCRAT career -- being seen in blackface or being seen in a KKK outfit. Truly a Hobson's Choice??

    Ahhh, the white liberal. The first in line to call everyone ELSE a "racist", so I love it when their true colors are revealed.

    During this black history month, please remember what our brilliant sage Malcolm X said about White Liberals:

    "The white Liberal differs from the white Conservative only in one way; the Liberal is more deceitful, more hypocritical, than the Conservative. Both want power, but the White Liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro's friend and benefactor and by winning the friendship and support of the Negro, the White Liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or a weapon in this political football game, that is constantly raging, between the White Liberals and the White Conservatives. The American Negro is nothing, but a political football."

    - Malcom X (1963)

  • MsSapphire9800
  • NeverSurprised

    Never forget Malcolm's quote on white liberals:

    "The white Liberal differs from the white Conservative only in one way; the Liberal is more deceitful, more hypocritical, than the Conservative. Both want power, but the White Liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro's friend and benefactor and by winning the friendship and support of the Negro, the White Liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or a weapon in this political football game, that is constantly raging, between the White Liberals and the White Conservatives. The American Negro is nothing, but a political football."

    - Malcom X (1963)

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Now he is saying neither person is him. I have no interest in this story beyond that.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Police said there is no medical record of a broken rib.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "(who were gracious enough to let him keep his expensive iPhone)"

    And his Subway sandwich. ?

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Iiiiihaaaa

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I saw that story, just Beautiful

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I Wouldn't go to Subway at 2 P.M.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    That sub sandwich is the superhero!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    So intially he straight up ADMITTED it was him and issued the usual "this does not reflect who I am today" apology. Then, when a handful of dems start demanding his resignation, suddenly he can just say it WASNT him?!?

    I'll bet Kevin Hart wishes he had used this same strategy. Instead of resigning from his Oscar job, just say "I THOUGHT I made some offensive jokes years ago, but turns out it wasn't me after all."

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Didn't the underground railroad run through Virginia? Why do we act so surprised when politicians turn out to be racist?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose
  • dontgetblocked

    Meantime they splashed beach in his face and tied a noose around his neck while yelling MAGA stuff. Sigh.

  • dontgetblocked

    That should have been drenched in bleach.

  • dontgetblocked

    LOL!

  • Svetlana????

    The liberals are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Hypocrites

  • TheWildChild

    And walked a great distance with a noose around his neck. ? While holding on to that frozen plastic meat Subway sandwich.

  • NeverSurprised

    Oh I'm not surprised at all. I know well the history of white southern democrats. They fought against every piece of civil rights legislation introduced going all the way back to 1866.

    I just find it ironic that so many black voters blindly support them today. Slap on the democrat label and no questions asked. If this were a republican gov in blackface and a KKK outfit, there would be wall-to-wall coveage,, and a group of white socialists would have already persuaded blacks to surround the governor's mansion and burn him in effigy.

  • dontgetblocked

    Once it comes out that this ninja is a liar, I say we disown him as a black person and let the gay community take the L on this one. We can't be connected up with this two am, Arctic chill weather, dlick hunt that went bad. He turned his sex-catastrophe into a politically charged, 1940s racist mess. I'm surprised he didn't say they dragged him from the back of a pick-up truck during that 60 seconds. Jesus take the wheel!

  • NeverSurprised

    Sandy Maeeeeee!!!! That pic has me dying!!!!!!!?????Any way we can superimpose some droplets of Clorox bleach on that black shirt??

  • NeverSurprised

    "two am, Arctic chill weather, dlick hunt"
    ------------------
    ???Stop it right now!!???

  • Bonita

    Dang on shame. smh

  • Bonita

    lol

  • Bonita

    The fact that regular everyday people have enough common sense to see through the bs, and celebrities are in his defense, let's you know that these celebrities aren't too bright. And these are the people these young folks look up to. That's scary.

  • Kimocha

    I'm STILL trying to figure out what the bleach was all about??... Who TF carries bleach on a 2 am stroll in deep freeze temps??... GTFOH!

  • Dun Dilly

    Looking to buy a COCKMEAT sandwich from Subway, at 2 am , arctic chilled night...got embarrassed, robbed and had his face scratched....blame Trump. LOL

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Respectfully, Malcolm's quote refers to white liberals.

  • Wayne Hosh

    I will keep an open mind on this until more info comes in, but it's the yelling (among several other things) that seems the most fishy. Two psychotic people who apparently went so far as to stalk this relatively unknown actor in the middle of a freezing cold night when he had literally just arrived back in the city - carrying around a noose and bleach, apparently did almost no damage and they yelled "this is MAGA country!!" - seriously? THAT is what they yelled? Not wild obscenities? Not horrific threats? They yelled "this is MAGA country!" loud enough for his manager to hear on the phone.....LOL.....I am surprised they didn't scream "I am a Donald Trump supporter! That is why I am wearing this MAGA hat! Donald J Trump encouraged us to do this!"

  • TDK

    1 minute

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose
  • KLo

    I believe he was meeting someone from grindr and it went bad

  • jwoo250

    The real question is why did he wait 40 minutes to call and why did appear 1 minute later with a noose. He got beat up by one of Avengers? ???????

    It took them 40 minutes to come up with a fairytale. Meanwhile his scorned lover running around Chicago ??

    I got time today. This is entertainment

  • Chicagowise

    "Once it comes out that this ninja is a liar, I say we disown him as a black person and let the gay community take the L on this one."

    We don't want his lying @$$ either! ?

  • gail jones

    Malcolm was HIGHLY INTELLIGENT and spoke REAL FACTS about you DECEITFUL lice demons.

  • gail jones

    A scratch

  • gail jones

    Love the wordplay

  • gail jones

    Right!

  • gail jones

    ??????????

  • gail jones

    Gays are hypersexual. They have mental disorders. I don't care what anyone says.

  • gail jones

    Actual messages

  • 2nrvus

    This does not make sense. How can you be attacked, have chemicals thrown on you, have a noose strung around your neck...and still manage to hang on to your damn sandwich?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Sometimes when shidt don't make sense it's a bare face lie. I was through when they stated that neggrus walked home with the noose around his neck. between drinking and the winter vortex Smollet was str8 outta his Noose neck mind.

  • dontgetblocked

    Somebody has to take the hit on this one. We took it for the crack addict mother whose daughter got shot by her dealer and she blamed a white man in pick up truck.

  • Chicagowise

    Ok. That's fair! ?

  • Me

    Yep Yep. Superpowers. :)

  • leapyearpisces

    LOL!!!!

  • currvalicious

    Lmao!

  • currvalicious

    This comment is life...

  • currvalicious

    Jesse's career will be over. They're no way Hollyweird is going to be bothered w/him after it comes out that things didn't add up. He could've started a race war.

  • Frank Blunt

    "He's half white so he's half right?"

    Can we call the Caucasion delegation aka Dave Chappell and see about a full trade? This was a Brad move

  • Spoofy McSpoof

    He felt the sandwich might comfort him after the attack--'At..huh..least..I...huh...still have this..huh..sandwich!

  • Spoofy McSpoof

    Well I do think it's true he went out hungry for a long tubular brown thing to eat.

  • Ant Hill

    aint no attacked that fairy

  • ?jessica?

    Just tell the people you was looking for "trade" so they can leave you alone ?

  • Anji

    A-a-amen

  • Frank Blunt

    A hero ain't nuttin but a sandwich

  • Mielle Downey

    Did any one question the sandwich? It was last seen on Jussie after the attack. He held on to that sandwich for dear life so it must be traumatized to.

  • It’s time

    Rahm Emmanuel is the boss of the cops, the hoax will stand.
    What a lie, 2 broken ribs then sings and dances 2 days later.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    In this situation it is. The sandwich was one of the ast ones that survived the attack.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    That's exactly what happened.. And he probably flirted and someone told his twink azz to get get GONE along with a few choice words and he became offended cause his celebrity status meant nothing and now he GAY MAD!!!

  • ?jessica?

    "GAY MAD" just when I thought I heard it all ???

  • Trace da Ace

    lemme know when they arrest somebody instead of all this hoopla....smh

  • onelove

    they have a million of unsolved cases in chicago...and they bout to unslove this?..smh!!!

  • onelove

    subway sandwich are good when they are toasted....he was hungry right?...lol

  • onelove

    lol!!!!!!! in a green and yellow wraper...

  • onelove

    lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yall them subway sandwiches are good when your hungry..........

  • onelove

    They say he was looking for Street Meat.....

  • dvrmte

    Bleach doesn't pour at 20 below because it freezes at 18 above. According to Jussie's account, he was able to hold a sandwich in one hand and talk to his manager on the phone in the other hand, while he was fighting back. All that in the 60 seconds he was off camera. Maybe he had a "club" sandwich. LOL

  • dvrmte

    And bleach freezes at 18 above zero.
    But don't you know that all Trump supporters carry bleach and rope with them everywhere we go. And we're always on the lookout for a gay black man to beat up in 20 below zero weather in the middle of the night. I guess it's the Boy Scout in us, "Always be Prepared". LOL MAGA

  • Guess Who

    LMFAO

  • Guess Who

    THANK YOU! THAT AND DRUGS.

  • ?jessica?

    Okay!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I believe it's called reporting the news.

  • Harley

    Naw girl you in overdrive and you know it

  • TheOwley

    That takes some kind of skills being assaulted and you are holding on to your sandwich in one hand and the other on the phone to your manager. To think of all the time invested in this while black dead men are laying on slabs at the the coroner's office, unresolved cases and fresh new ones. Sigh!

  • TheOwley

    Special warming containers ?

  • TheOwley

    What Malcom said still holds. What a sad state of affairs. This man got the black vote.

  • Fodderwing

    ????

  • Lou Palumbo

    5 Days later after the date of this article. Where's the resolution?

  • Lou Palumbo

    If he spring for the $5 footlong, he might have been able to fend off the clothesline attackers using hoagie as a club.

  • Lou Palumbo

    And nobody heading toward the scene (on any cameras) in the moments leading up to the alleged "attack".....and nobody leaving the scene in the moments following the alleged "attack"

    Also, no sign of the two "redneck looking people" by this reported "witness"...

    None of it....on any camera.