Sunday, February 10, 2019
I can't recall a large crime story where there was a bigger gap between what the police and media are saying publicly, and what they expressing behind the scenes, than the saga involving the recent alleged hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett.
Behind the scenes, based on conversations I have had with multiple people covering the story, there is a radically different take on what really did happen to Smollettm with near unanimity among police sources that Smollett's story is very likely not true.
The first thing you need to understand about this situation is that, because of Smollett's persona and the nature of his allegation, no one in law enforcement or the news media wants any part of publicly questioning his story. Among other things, the police have made it very clear they have not yet found any proof of any attack, despite having almost all of Smollett's movements on surveillance video.
By extension, media figures would not be being told by their police sources, as I have been told is currently happening both routinely and with vigor, that the authorities are acting on the assumption that they will never find any evidence to fully substantiate Smollett's story.
Rafer Weigel of the Chicago Fox station (which carries Smollett's show Empire) have continually updated the developments, or lack thereof, in a way that paints a much different picture from the one that viewers would see on an actual newscast.
Weigel tweeted out some rather candid thoughts yesterday which hint that maybe we will actually get to the truth of this matter.
Rafer Weigel ✔ @RaferWeigel Since so many have asked me if @Chicago_Police will let #JussieSmollett case go unsolved, I'll give my opinion. Given the high-profile nature of the crime, I don't believe so. I believe they'll either find the perpetrators responsible or charge #Smollett w/ filing a false report
705 10:20 AM - Feb 8, 2019 · Chicago, IL
Rafer Weigel ✔ @RaferWeigel #Chicago is already dealing with a negative image when it comes to crime. Proving #JussieSmollett made up the story would go against that narrative. Conversely, @Chicago_Police bringing any suspects to justice for this horrible crime would bolster the dept's image.
158 10:31 AM - Feb 8, 2019 · Chicago, IL
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