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A Complete Timeline of the Jussie Smollett Case

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In late January, Empire actor Jussie Smollett was beaten by two men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, and put his head in a noose — an attack that was first investigated as a violent hate crime, but has since grown much more complicated. In less than a month, Chicago police have dropped their investigation into the two now-identified “persons of interest,” and Smollett has faced accusations of orchestrating the attack on himself, leading everyone from Cardi B to 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to weigh in on the the case.

While details continue to emerge, below, here’s a full timeline of the Smollett case.

January 22: Racist, homophobic letter arrives at Empire set
Less than a week before the attack, Smollett receives a racist and homophobic letter containing white powder at the Fox studio where Empire is filmed. (This letter later leads some to believe the attack was premeditated.)

January 28: Smollett is attacked
According to initial reports, on Monday evening, two white men wearing ski masks approach Smollett outside of a Subway in Chicago, where they beat him up, pour “an unknown chemical substance” on him, and put a noose around his neck. Per TMZ, the men also call Smollett “that f**got Empire n*****” and yell, “This is MAGA country.” (Smollett is black and openly gay.)

That night, Smollett checks into Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he is reported to be in “good condition.”

January 30: Police look into “persons of interest”
The Chicago Police Department releases an image of the two “potential persons of interest,” as captured by a nearby security camera.

CASE UPDATE: Hours ago #ChicagoPolice detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential........

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