Are Hate Crime Hoaxers Above the Law?

  • Wilfred ReillyEmail author

The Jussie Smollett case was not unusual. By now, probably the majority of Americans are familiar with Mr. Smollett, a star actor on the hip-hop television show Empire, who on January 29, 2019 told police that he was attacked by two white racists in center-city Chicago. According to Smollett, his two assailants wore red “MAGA” hats, taunted him with gay slurs and “the n-word,” doused him with bleach, and placed an actual noose around his neck—all this at 2:00 a.m. on the coldest day of the year! Perhaps unsurprisingly, Smollett’s story eventually collapsed. Surveillance video and other clues led Chicago Police Department detectives to the Osundairo brothers, two Nigerian-American workout aficionados and extras on Empire, who stated that Smollett—apparently motivated by a desire for greater fame and sympathy—paid them $3,500 to beat him up. A police search of the brothers’ apartment February 13, 2019, turned up red hats, bleach, and a fair amount of other corroborating evidence, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kentucky State UniversityFrankfortUSA

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