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Police Deny Report That Jussie Smollett is Under Investigation For Staging Attack

Empire star Jussie Smollett is reportedly being investigated by Chicago police over suspicion that he and two other persons of interest may have staged an attack against him. Police, however, are denying the report.

According to ABC Chicago, the actor failed to appear for a scheduled interview with detectives on Thursday. The report claims that the alleged motive is Smollett’s character being written off the Fox show.

But Chicago police spokesman AJ Guglielmi tweeted via his official account that the report is incorrect.

Smollett has stood behind his account of the incident, and his claim that the attacker said “this MAGA country.”

He said the following in an interview which aired on Good Morning America Thursday:

“I turned around and said ‘what did you say to me?’ And I see the attacker, masked, and he said, ‘this MAGA country,’ punches me right in the face, so I punched his ass back, then we started tussling. It was very icy and we ended up tussling by the stairs.”

Watch above, via ABC Chicago.

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