Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she will be "disappointed" if "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is found to have staged an attack on himself.
Whereas on the day Smollett filed a police report Waters was quick to rise to the defense of her "friend," on Thursday the congresswoman said she is now "waiting for the final results" to pass final judgment.
“I don’t think we can, at this point, make sense of it,” Waters told Variety. “There's still some questions that we have, some answers that have to be given. He’s a friend. He was at my office. We marched in the Pride Parade together, he introduced me at 'Black Girls Rock,' and so, I believed him, when I heard about it.”
Waters went on to say she "still" doesn't know all of the details from the incident.
"I’m waiting for the final results of all of this," Waters said. "If in fact it’s a hoax, of course, I would be disappointed, but I’m just hopeful that whatever goes on, and if he finds that he’s in trouble, that his life will be changed, then he has to re-do it all over again."
Smollett filed a police report claiming he was attacked by two men on Jan. 29 in Chicago. Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed two white men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck, and poured bleach on him.
That same day, Waters tweeted: "Jussie is my friend - a very talented & beautiful human being. It is so hurtful that homophobic haters would dare hurt someone so loving and giving. I'm dedicated to finding the culprits and bringing them to justice. Jussie did not deserve to be harmed by anyone!"
A similar change in tone between Jan. 29 and Thursday was put on display by Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate for president.
Now the actor faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct and several years of prison time for allegedly filing a false report about a hate crime.
Smollett was released from police custody on Thursday on $100,000 bond as he awaits trial.
Smollett's legal team issued a defiant message Thursday evening accusing the Chicago police of organizing a "spectacle" and suggesting that politics has something to do with his legal conundrum.