JUSSIE Smollett may have got his “hoax homophobic attack plot” idea from an Instagram post the creator of his series Empire launched weeks before.
Smollett may have tried to play on Daniel’s emotions in the hopes of becoming an “LGBT hero”, TMZ reported, citing anonymous sources.
AFP or licensors Jussie Smollett after being arrested and charged with lying to authorities about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
Lee Daniels, 59, posted a heartfelt video on January 10, after his cousin was assaulted because he is gay.
Daniels, who uses the handle theoriginalbigdaddy, told his “gay brothers and sisters” it was “OK to be who you are” and “inevitably right will be done”.
TUG ON HEARTSTRINGS
The one minute long video had the caption: “This past week my cousin was beat up for being gay and I am sick of hearing these stories…
“For all the people who are hurting, who are struggling, and who are trying to find some meaning in this life, I am here to say if you need a safe place or a ear to listen, then I’m here.”
The TMZ report claimed Daniels told his cast members more about the attack on set, and they left were visibly upset.
‘BE WHO YOU ARE’
If Smollett was looking to tug at Daniels’ heartstrings, he appeared to initially be successful.
On January 29, the day of Smollett’s alleged hoax attack, Daniels tweeted, “We got this,” accompanied by rainbow and black hand emojis.
In a whirlwind turn of events, Smollett, a 36-year-old gay and black actor, was charged Thursday with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly faking his own hate attack.
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The actor claimed he was slugged by two strangers who called him a “f—-t,” a “n—-r” and shouted, “This is MAGA country!” just outside his apartment before dousing him in bleach and throwing a rope around his neck.
Chicago authorities said he plotted the bizarre scheme to bolster his own career and get a raise.
Smollett denies it was a hoax, and has told cops he has an “untreated” drug problem.
Smollett’s character on “Empire” will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest. Fox has requested security from Cook County cops when it films scenes for an episode on Wednesday.
A version of this story originally appeared on NY Post’s Page Six section.
EPA Jussie looked drained as he emerged from Cook County Court in Chicago earlier this week
Instagram Lee Daniels, left, appears with Ola Osundairo who was released without charge in relation to the alleged hoax attack
Smollett said he received a threatening hate letter warning ‘you will die black fag’ but cops say he sent it himself
AP:Associated Press In this courtroom sketch, Smollett, appears in from before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr
AP:Associated Press Smollett, right, leaves Cook County jail following his release
Getty Images – Getty Empire creator Lee Daniels, next to Mariah Carey and James Packer at 2016 GLAAD Media Awards
Twitter Empire director Lee Daniels shared this image of Jussie on Instagram after the attack but deleted it
BackGrid Tearful Jussie Smollett gave a TV interview claiming he was assaulted by two racist thugs
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