Listen: Jussie Smollett allegedly wanted "bigger reaction" from threatening letter
"In the strange story of actor Jesse small it Jesse smaller small et. Forgive the pronunciation Jesse small et of the TV show empire. More from FOX's trace Gallagher. The story first broke and jussie smollet claimed he was attacked. There was no corroborating evidence, but that did not stop or even slow down the rush to judgment twenty twenty democratic presidential candidates weighed in immediately senators, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris both called it quote. An attempted modern day lynching Senator Kirsten gillibrand said, quote, we are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it and freshman congresswoman Alexandria, Cossio Cortez tweeted, quote, this attack was not possibly homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack and despite being caught red handed in more than one rush to judgment in recent weeks. The media also had no problem declaring it a hate crime. The New York Times, quote jussie smollet, one of the stars of the television show empire was attacked in Chicago by two assailants. Who yelled, racial and homophobic slurs. American urban radio networks White House reporter, April Ryan tweeted, quote, this attack on jussie smollet is a hate crime and should be treated as such G. Q magazine added quote, the racist, homophobic, attack on jussie smollet is far. Right. America's end game. Now, there are reports saying that when the actor received a racist letter back in January, and it did not draw bigger reaction. He went out and paid two brothers thirty five hundred dollars to rehearse then staged the attack. One brother helped held the rope. And pour the bleach the other wore a red hat yelled slurs and said this was mega country. And in light of this investigative one eighty the twenty twenty presidential candidates who commented before there was evidence. Now want to hear all the evidence. There should be an investigation."