On the night Jussie Smollett reported being the victim of a vicious hate crime, he stepped forward to greet police officers wearing a powerful symbol of the attack he said he had suffered: a thin white rope looped around his neck, braided into a tangled noose and reaching below his chest.
“The reason I’m calling (police) is because of this s—,” one of Smollett’s managers told the officers, reaching toward Smollett to grab the noose with disdain.
“Do you want to take it off or anything?” an officer asked Smollett, then an actor on the Fox show “Empire.”
“Yeah, I do. I just wanted y’all to see it,” said Smollett, struggling for a moment to remove the loops of rope around his neck.
Go watch the video behind this exchange. What a doof. No wonder the police doubted his story from day one. And it’s worth noting that in that exchange, Smollett’s friend says he called the cops after seeing the noose. If that’s the case, then it means that Smollett was walking around wearing a noose for almost an hour after the attack just to what…? Show it to his friends?
Rocky start to a hoax and it went downhill from there.