It’s been nearly three weeks since actor and singer Jussie Smollett came forward saying he was likely the victim of a hate crime in an attack that briefly left him hospitalized. But now rumors are starting to surface that call Smollett’s story into question, fueling a firestorm of outrage and confusion over what to believe and how to feel about the case.
Smollett, who is black and gay, plays a queer character in the FOX drama Empire. News of his story was met with an almost immediate outpouring of support from Smollett’s colleagues and the LGBTQ community at large. Empire co-creator Danny Strong, for example, condemned the attack and tweeted his support of Smollett.
Chicago police made clear from the outset that they were treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Media reports followed every development in the unexpected case of a celebrity who claimed to be a victim of targeted violence and hate.
...whoever did this, do not forget that you are nothing but hate filled cowards while Jussie’s talent and activism will continue to shine a bright light on to the world for decades to come.— Danny Strong (@Dannystrong) January 29, 2019
Source : https://www.vox.com/2019/2/17/18228444/jussie-smollett-hoax-hate-crime-claims-explained