LIVE: Chicago Police update the public on the Jussie Smollett case

CHICAGO — Chicago Police update the public on the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett, 36, who is black and openly gay, had told the police that at roughly 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, two masked men attacked him on the 300 block of Lower East North Water Street in downtown Chicago. He said his assailants directed homophobic and racial slurs at him, put a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him. Mr. Smollett said the assault occurred after he went to pick up food.

The investigators approached the case as a possible hate crime, but had difficulty finding evidence to match Mr. Smollett’s account.

The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson, said Mr. Smollett had taken advantage of the pain and anger of racism. He called it shameful.

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