The left stuck with "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett as long as they could, but now it's time to retreat. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deletes a tweet showing sympathy for the actor and singer.
Smollett claimed he was physically assaulted by two men in ski masks who poured a bleach-like substance and tied a rope around his neck like a noose. He claimed this happened at 2 a.m. after he went to a Chicago Subway eatery.
The gay, black Smollet told police that his attackers were yelling racial and homophobic and racist slurs who told him, "This is MAGA country."
Politicians and celebrities rallied around Smollett. Count Nancy Pelosi among those who backed him. On January 29, she tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”
Over the past two weeks details began to unfold that made many question whether or not Smollett was telling the complete truth about the incident on January 29.
More, per Daily Caller:
Others have yet to retract their original statements or delete their original tweets, including California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Corey Booker. Both are running for the Democratic nomination for president.
Booker was asked about the recent developments in the case and would only say he is waiting for more information before he makes any further statements about the matter. (RELATED: Cory Booker Called Smollett ‘Attack’ A ‘Lynching,’ Now He’s Refusing Comment Amid New Evidence In The Case)
According to ABC News, two Nigerian brothers, initially arrested by Chicago Police in connection to the assault against Smollett were later released after telling law enforcement that Smollett paid them to stage the attack.
One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer, according to a statement to ABC News from Smollett’s attorneys. They had decided to cooperate after investigators revealed that they had evidence the brothers had bought the rope that was put around Smollet’s neck at a local hardware store.
Smollett’s attorneys released a statement denying he staged his own attack, saying in part, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
When the left is bailing on a Hollywood star, you know there is serious doubt about the validity of Smollett's tale.