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Jussie Smollett Hires Michael Cohen's Lawyer after 'Persons of Interest' Released

Jussie Smollett Hires Michael Cohen's Lawyer after 'Persons of Interest' Released
This Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 photo shows an apartment that was searched by police in connection with an investigation of an alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago. (Nader Issa/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who claims he was assaulted by white supremacists screaming “MAGA COUNTRY” in the middle of a polar vortex in Chicago, just hired the best defense lawyer in town, Michael Monico, after the two persons of interest in the case were released by the Chicago Police Department.

The two persons of interest that Smollett claimed were his attackers in an interview on ABC with Robin Roberts turned out to be Nigerian actors who have connections to the “Empire” show.

After Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo were arrested on Wednesday, their lives were turned upside down — their apartment was raided and they spent almost 48 hours in the company of Chicago police officers before they were released with no charges.

Shortly before this announcement was made, Michael Monico appeared on Roe Conn’s radio program on WGN to announce that Smollett had hired the high-powered defense attorney to represent him. Monico is the same attorney who is representing President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

In the days leading up to this development, almost every local news outlet in Chicago reported that inside sources claimed the police were investigating the incident as a hoax and had found evidence that Smollett may have set it up. Police quickly denied it, but none of the outlets have retracted their stories or deleted their tweets.

This recent development further confirms that something is seriously wrong with Smollett’s account of the alleged attack.

TMZ finally admitted that they printed fake news when they reported that the men who “attacked” Smollett were white.

More developments are expected as police have made it clear that they’re not done: “Detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, tweeted.

PJM will update as the story continues to unfold.

An update to this story included a tweet from a Fox News reporter who claimed that bleach was found in Smollett’s apartment. Since PJM has not been able to confirm this part of the story, the tweet has been removed.