After what appeared to be a brutal, racially motivated hate crime, the reaction among fans was one of shock and disgust.
Today, many are experiencing those same feelings – but for a very different reason – following an equally shocking report.
Real evidence is beginning to mount suggesting that the incident actually may have been some sort of bizarre PR stunt.
Many questions remain about why Smollett would go to such bizarre extremes and, if he did, just how he pulled it off.
This is a developing story, but here’s a look at everything we know so far about this increasingly bizarre situation.