There’s Confusion About Who Sent The Racist, Homophobic Letter To Jussie Smollett + Terrence Howard & Taye Diggs Still Have Jussie’s Back
Who sent Jussie Smollett that racist, homophobic letter days before his alleged attack? That’s still unclear. Get the latest on that, plus see Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs show the "Empire" star some love amid the drama inside…
Everyday there seems to be a new story about the details surrounding Jussie Smollett and his alleged attack.
As you know, 8 days before the alleged attack, a threatening letter was sent to the Chicago studio where the actor films the hit FOX series "Empire."
During a recent press conference, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Jussie was the one who sent the racist, homophobic letter.
"First, Smollet attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language," officer Johnson said in the press conference. "When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $ 3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process. And why? The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary."
Now, the FBI is telling Chicago PD to pump the brakes.
According to reports, the FBI is still investigating where the hateful letter came from and has not drawn any conclusions yet.
"I think he [Johnson] went too far. We’re not there yet," the unnamed official told TMZ.
Law enforcement officials searched the apartment of Abel and Ola Osundairo, the brothers who allegedly helped Jussie carry out the alleged attack. Investigators seized magazines during the raid and claims some of the pages from the magazines are missing. They are trying to determine whether or not the lettering in the threatening letter to Jussie came from the same magazines found in their apartment.
The brothers allegedly told the grand jury they did not send the letter.
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The ransom-style letter was sent to Cinespace Studios, a production facility on the West Side of Chi-town. "MAGA" was written sloppily on the envelope in the return address space and there was a white powerdy substance inside the letter. It was later determined to be crushed Tylenol. There was also a drawing of a stick figure that was hung with a noose by another stick figure. The message on the letter said, "You will die black f*****."
The FBI is assisting Chicago PD with the investigation, but it’s unclear if they have launched their own independent investigation into the matter.
Whoever sent the letter -if convicted – could be facing five years behind bars. Legal sources told The Blast the charge behind the mailed letter would qualify as "mailing threatening communication."
As for the check that was written to the Osundairo brothers, there are new reports that suggest Jussie wrote them the check for physical training, and NOT the attack. Get those deets HERE.
Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report, claiming two men attacked him during a homophobic, racist attack last month. He could end up in jail up to 3-years if convicted. It was previously reported Jussie told the police he has a drug problem that hasn’t been treated.
We told you, the "Empire" cast and crew are split where some people believe him and others don’t. "Empire" writers wrote him off of the last two episodes to keep tensions down since they’re so divided about the situation. However, his co-star/on-screen dad Terrence Howard still has his back:
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#JussieSmollett’s got the support of #TerrenceHoward, his baby boy and #TayeDiggs.
And so does "Empire" actor Taye Diggs.
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