NEW: FBI Investigating Whether Jussie Smollett Played a Role in Sending ‘Threatening Letter’ to ‘Empire’ Studio Addressed to Him
The FBI and US Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening and racist letter crafted from magazine clippings to the ‘Empire’ studio in Chicago prior to the fake MAGA attack.
According to ABC News, the letter, which was sent Jan. 22, is currently in the FBI crime lab for analysis, one of the sources said.
According to CBS Chicago, Jussie Smollett was so upset after the racist threatening letter sent to Empire’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” that he decided to concoct the fake MAGA attack.
“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.
On January 22nd, Jussie Smollett received a threatening racist letter crafted with letters from magazines. (screenshot below)
The letter, which contained a white substance was mailed to Empire’s Chicago studio. The white powder turned out to be aspirin.
As previously reported, investigators took magazines and a book of stamps as evidence from the Nigerian brothers’ apartment.
Jussie Smollett even spoke about this racist letter in an interview last week.
“On the letter, it had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing toward it.” It also had “MAGA” Jussie said.
On January 29th, Jussie Smollett told Chicago Police that two white Trump supporters ambushed him on the streets of Chicago at 2 AM while he was walking back to his apartment following a midnight run to Subway to grab a sandwich.
Smollett alleged the two white males recognized him as the actor from ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.
Last Thursday, the hate hoax began to unravel after it was revealed two Nigerian brothers, who were also extras on ‘Empire’ were paid $4,000 to stage the attack, prompting Smollett to hire criminal defense lawyers and a crisis management firm.
Jussie Smollett could face up to three years in prison for filing a false police report in the state of Illinois, a class 4 four felony.
It also appears Jussie Smollett may have lied to FBI agents about this threatening letter. It is a federal crime to lie to the FBI.