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Maxine Waters Not Ready to Believe Police in Jussie Smollett Case

“I still don’t know all of the details. I’m waiting for the final result of all of this. If in fact it is a hoax, of course, I would be disappointed," Waters said.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2019 @7:27pm

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) doesn’t seem ready to believe the Chicago police, who held a press conference Thursday explaining that actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated the hate crime he alleged happened to him in January.

Smollett said he was brutally attacked by two men who poured bleach on him and attempted to put a noose around his neck.

Politicians were quick to politicize the attack, despite limited facts being available.

Waters took it a step further than that and directly blamed President Trump for the attack on Smollett last month.

Here’s what Waters said just a day after Smollett made his initial claim:

“I’m pleased that he’s doing okay. But we have to understand this is happening for a reason. Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked? It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog whistling every day. He’s separating and dividing, and he’s basically emboldening those folks who feel this way.”

Chicago Police arrested Smollett on Thursday after a month-long investigation and are now accusing the actor of choreographing the attack. The motivation for the stunt, they said, was that he believed he should be paid more for his role on the television show “Empire.”

Speaking with a reporter from Variety at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards on Thursday, Waters said she needed more details about the case before she could have an opinion.

The reporter asked Waters how “we make sense of the Jussie Smollett situation.”

“I don’t think we can at this point make sense of it. There are still some questions that we have, some answers that have to be given,” Waters said. “He’s a friend, he was at my office, we marched in the Pride Parade together. He introduced me to Black Girls Rock. And so I believed him when I heard about it.”

“I still don’t know all of the details. I’m waiting for the final result of all of this. If in fact, it is a hoax, of course, I would be disappointed,” Waters said.

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