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Remember y’all they always say..truth is stranger than fiction.
They also say to only believe HALF of what you see and NOTHING that you hear. SO, when a story like this breaks and there are TONS of storylines flying around…what do you do? We got you!
In an effort to make things as easy as possible…and since I’m a visual learner (IDK about y’all) lets break this whole thang down into a timeline shall we???
JAN 29TH-Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after a reportedly hate fueled racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
JAN 29TH-Celebrities take to social media to defend Jussie
JAN 30TH-It was reported that Jussie turned down extra security before the attack
JAN 30TH-Police claimed that they had footage that showed no signs of an attack
JAN 30TH-Police THEN claimed they had “persons of interest” related to the attack
FEB 1ST-Jussie breaks his silence in a statement to Essence
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words. ”
FEB 1ST-It was reported that Jussie refused to hand over phone records to authorities—public doubt starts to creep in
FEB 2ND-Jussie performs at the Troubadour in LA and “clarifies” some of the speculation around the attack
Jussie Smollett speaks out at Los Angeles performance. pic.twitter.com/l8QZAQfubW
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 3, 2019
FEB 5TH-Joe Budden says he’s skeptical about Jussie’s story on an episode of State Of The Culture
FEB 6TH-Jussie is reportedly back on the Empire set
FEB 10TH-Police says Jussie may have filed a false report and will be held accountable if so
FEB 12TH-Police reject Jussie’s phone records. They were apparently handed over in a PDF format which can easily be doctored. They say they want to verify who he spoke with leading up to and directly after the attack
FEB 14TH-Jussie appears on Good Morning America
FEB 15TH-Reports say Jussie staged the attack so he could keep his job on Empire
FEB 16TH-Two men were arrested in connection to the attack. It turns out they were Nigerian brothers that also worked on Empire, NOT white men.
FEB 19TH (TODAY)-Social media denounces Jussie and clown him with memes
FEB 19TH (TODAY)-Reports say Jussie was seen in an elevator with his “attackers” the night of the alleged attack
FEB 19TH (TODAY)-Another report says Jussie may be represented by Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer
Well congratz if you made it to the end y’all bc ISSALOT! If for some reason you have’t been checked into this story hopefully I broke it down for you as easy as humanly possible. We’re of course hoping its not true and will update you with more details as they come.