Jussie Smollett’s Subway sandwich was key to case, ex-Chicago police superintendent says

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted for lying to police last week after claiming to be a hate crime victim in 2019, and of all things, the Subway sandwich was a major piece of evidence in the case against him, the former Chicago police. The supervisor said, according to reports.

The former supervisor, Eddie Johnson, told NewsNationNow’s Morning in America that Smollett left his house around 2 a.m. on the day he claimed he was attacked to buy a sandwich.

“Okay, that’s fine,” Johnson said, adding that it was one of the coldest mornings in Chicago that year and there was almost no one on the street. “He came back and got attacked in a hate crime, a supposed hate crime, and during all this brawl—they poured bleach on him and all that—when he got up and went to his apartment building, he still had a Subway sandwich with him. It doesn’t happen.”

Actress Jussie Smollett, center, leaves Leighton Criminal Court with unidentified siblings, Thursday, December 9, 2021, in Chicago, after a verdict was issued at his trial. Smollett was indicted Thursday on five of the six counts of launching an anti-gay racist attack nearly three years ago and then lying to Chicago police about it.
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Smollett’s interview with police inside his apartment after the alleged attack was captured on body camera footage.

Johnson said that victims usually give up everything they have when attacked “because they are afraid”.

“This guy had the sandwich in his hand, and it was never touched. So this was real advice and proof for us that something was wrong.”

“This guy had the sandwich in his hand, and it was never touched. So this was real advice and proof for us that something was wrong.”

– Eddie Johnson, former superintendent of the Chicago Police

Then-Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago, November 7, 2019 (Associated Press)

Then-Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago, November 7, 2019 (Associated Press)

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Johnson showed that Smollett was suspiciously “indifferent” about removing the noose the supposed attackers had placed around his neck as soon as he returned to his apartment, the video showed, which he said made him stop.

Actor Jussie Smollett, second from right, and his mother, Janet, return to Leighton Criminal Court, Thursday, December 9, 2021, in Chicago, after the jury reached a verdict at his trial.

Actor Jussie Smollett, second from right, and his mother, Janet, return to Leighton Criminal Court, Thursday, December 9, 2021, in Chicago, after the jury reached a verdict at his trial.
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“I don’t think there are many blacks in America who would have a rope around their neck, and they wouldn’t take it off immediately,” Johnson, who is black, told the Chicago station.

Smollett alleged that he was attacked by two men in 2019 because he is black and gay. The two alleged attackers have since said that Smollett pushed them to launch the attack.

A former Chicago police superintendent said a Jussie Smollett sandwich left at the Subway caught the attention of investigators.

A former Chicago police superintendent said a Jussie Smollett sandwich left at the Subway caught the attention of investigators.
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He was convicted of telling a police officer he was a hate crime victim, telling an officer he was a battery victim, telling the detective he was a hate crime victim, telling the detective he was a battery victim and then telling the detective again he was a battery victim. He was not convicted on a sixth count related to telling the second investigator that he was the victim of an aggravated battery.

In this courtroom layout, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, left, interrogates actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, in Chicago.

In this courtroom layout, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, left, interrogates actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, in Chicago.
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Prosecutors said he rehearsed with the previously hired attackers.

Smollett maintains his innocence and his attorney said he plans to appeal his conviction, saying the team is confident he will eventually be acquitted of all charges.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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