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Police Only Concluded Jussie Smollett Attack Was Staged after In-Depth Investigation, Lead Detective Testifies

Jussie Smollett arrives at court on the first full day of his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, Ill., November 30, 2021. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Chicago, Ill. — Chicago police spent more than 3,000 hours investigating the alleged racist and homophobic attack against former Empire star Jussie Smollett in 2019, collected and reviewed more than 1,500 hours of surveillance footage, and worked long days for over a week in subzero temperatures, lead detective Michael Theis testified on Tuesday morning.

Theis was the prosecution’s first witness in the criminal case of an alleged fake hate crime against Smollett. The 39-year-old actor and singer claimed that just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2019, he was pummeled by two men who doused him in bleach, used racist and

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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