A woman who lives in the same apartment building as Empire star Jussie Smollett told police she saw a man – who she referred to as a “redneck” – right outside of the apartment buildings less than two hours before Jussie claims the attack occurred.
According to TMZ.com, a woman who asked to remain anonymous told TMZ when she walked out of the apartment complex to walk her dogs around 12:30 a.m., <<NORMAL??>> a white man with a scruffy face, dressed in a blue beanie, blue zip-up hoodie, blue jeans, “thick, grey hunting socks”, and camel-colored dress shoes, stood there smoking a cigarette and “looking agitated.” The woman told TMZ that the man waspacing between the parking garage and the entrance and appeared to have what she called a rope or a clothesline hanging out from underneath the blue hoodie made of white and blue material.
The woman says he was staring at a different man that was around 300 feet away standing near a different entrance to the same building.
The woman told TMZ she got “creeped out” by the man, and went back in the apartment building about 5 minutes after walking outside.
The female neighbor said she went to sleep, and noticed a lot of security at the building when she woke up at 4 a.m. to go to the gym. <<NORMAL?>> Seriously, what’s this lady’s schedule all about? Maybe she works a swing shift.
Anyhow, she said a concierge told her that Jussie had been attacked, and when she told him about the two men she had seen, he implored her to call the detective, giving the woman 2 numbers to call. She contacted detectives that afternoon.
Are the two men the female neighbor saw the 2 persons of interest the police have released images of? Chicago PD say after watching hundreds of surveillance tapes of the area in question, and still have not discovered footage of any altercation.
There are so many unanswered questions around this alleged attack. Why did Smollett never call 911? Why was he still wearing the alleged “noose” two hours later when the police arrived? Rather than call 911 when the incident happened, he went to his home to call the police. Where are the images of the attack from surveillance cameras in the area? Smollett first said he had a broken rib, but the medical report says differently. On one of the coldest days in history in Chicago, you go out for a Subway sandwich at 2 a.m.? Did Smollett report the letter the actor received 8 days prior to the alleged incident when it was received, or was that also an afterthought?
Why didn’t Smollett remember hearing the men yelling “MAGA Country” by the alleged until after the 1st phone call from detectives? It wasn’t until the detective’s 2nd phone call to Smollett that what seems like an important detail was remembered. Why did Smollett refuse security after the alleged assault?
Thus far, the only image the police have obtained from the security cameras of Smollett was of him inside the Subway store.
One last thing…what happened to the MAGA hats? Wasn’t that part of the original description given by Smollett to the police?
Things simply do not add up. We are left with more questions than answers. Time will tell. If the story is found to be true, may the alleged feel the full extent of the law.