FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2019
Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor who faked an attack with two Nigerian brothers to presumably help his acting career, will start an acting school based on his experience during the “episode.” It will be called the Make America Great Again Empire acting school, or MAGA Empire Acting School.
Smollett said he could use the hoax in his experience as an actor, and as an acting coach. Investors will include Ava DuVernay, Cardi B, and Alyssa Milano, three celebrities who supported Smollett after he initially claimed that he was attacked.
Smollett has been under fire for what is now assumed to be something that he perpetrated to gain attention and more promising roles and treatment for his career.
He reported, in January, that he was attacked by two men and claimed his assailants made racial and homophobic slurs, put a rope around his neck, doused him with bleach and referenced “MAGA country” suggesting his attackers were supporters of President Trump.
Law enforcement labeled the attack a hate crime, and celebrities, human rights groups, politicians and fans rallied to support Smollett.
Since those initial reports, things got murky. Police took two brothers into custody as suspects, then released them amid reports that they claimed the attack was a hoax and that Smollett had hired them to stage the assault.
Smollett released statements via lawyers refuting the hoax narrative and maintained that he is the victim. He admitted he knows the brothers, and employed one as a personal trainer, but denied their involvement in the attack.
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