Media reports people wearing MAGA hats attacked actor; turns out to be fake news again

Yesterday morning a report came out that Jussie Smollett, who stars on Empire and is openly gay, was attacked in Chicago. Early reports from the media accused two people wearing MAGA hats, however that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Much like the Covington Catholic High School story, the facts weren’t verified before major outlets began running with the MAGA hat attacker headline.

TMZ  ran with the headline, “JUSSIE SMOLLETT VICTIM OF HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK BY MAGA SUPPORTERS.” They make the claims:

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, “This is MAGA country.”

Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We’re told when shortly after he walked out on his way home, someone yelled, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?”

The attack is horrible.

But the MAGA hat bit is an outright lie. Smollett himself never said that two people in MAGA hats committed the crime and it’s unclear exactly where that information came from.

The Chicago police department released this statement.

Several media outlets referenced claims that appeared in TMZ’s coverage of this matter, most notably that the perpetrators were white and yelled “this is MAGA country,” as they attacked Smollett. But a spokesperson for the Chicago police denied having any information about the race and political views of the attackers.

“According to the victim, the offenders’ faces were concealed,” a police spokesperson told Reason. “We have no record indicating that [they shouted ‘MAGA’], we only have record of them shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him.”

Chicago police have also released a statement contradicting claims that Smollett identified his attackers’ race and heard them shout “MAGA.”

“We have no record of The MAGA Country comment,” said the police in a statement. “We have racial and homophobic comments documented.”

Yet again, the media rushes to demonize people who wear MAGA hats, this time outright making a story up for headlines and divisiveness.

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