(AllHipHop News) There are so many conflicting stories about the attack against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. On Thursday night, a local Chicago news outlet reported that sources claimed Smollett and two men are being questioned for staging the ambush.
That report quickly went viral on Twitter with other publications picking up the story. Plus, a Chicago reporter tweeted that cops raided the home of two men of Nigerian descent that were extras on Empire which further fueled rumors that the entire situation was a hoax.
There was also speculation that Smollett faked the assault because Empire was removing his character from the Fox program. However, CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi pushed back against the idea that Smollett was deceiving the public.
To safeguard the investigation, details about the case including timelines & backgrounds of those being questioned by police will not be released or commented on while detectives question persons of interest. Media reports of investigative details cannot be confirmed at this time. Media reports [about] the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly called ABC 7 Chicago to clarify that Smollett is still considered a victim and the investigation is ongoing. In addition, the verified Empire Writers Twitter account posted, "The writers of Empire have never planned or even discussed writing [Jussie Smollett] off of the show."