February 26, 2019
February 26, 2019 4:36 PM EST
Cops say trans and gay Nikki Joly burned down his own house to draw attention to his cause. Inside were five pets who all died. JACKSON POLICE DEPT.
An LGBTQ activist allegedly torched his own house in a desperate attempt to make the blaze look like a hate crime ala Jussie Smollett.
Five pets died in the inferno.
Cops say Nikki Joly — who lives in Jackson, Mich. — had organized a number of pro-LGBTQ events.
But when the 2017 Jackson Pride Parade and Festival failed to generate the amount of publicity Joly wanted — good or bad — he became angry.
Two days before the fire he posted on Facebook: “Yes, be angry, be very angry. Use that anger to force good! Use that anger to make change.”
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Cops say trans and gay Nikki Joly burned down his own house to draw attention to his cause. Inside were five pets who all died, including the German Shepherd. FACEBOOK
The fire at his home was initially investigated as a hate crime by the FBI and residents of the city opened their hearts and wallets to help.
Now, a new police report said the fire and its aftermath were a hoax to generate publicity for gay and trans causes.
“It’s embarrassing. How do you do it to the community you have put so much effort into helping?” Travis Trombley, who is gay, told The Detroit News.
Joly was at the forefront of a wide array of anti-discrimination legislation and was once named Citizen of the Year, the media outlet reports.
But investigators are painting a different picture.
Det. Aaron Grove told Metro News that Joly was “very deceptive” and possessed “layers of manipulation.”
Joly was called a master manipulator. CLICKON DETROIT
Even in the investigation’s embryonic stage, cops were suspicious of Joly. His clothes smelled of gas and he admitted to buying $10 of fuel at a local service station.
He claimed it was so he could cut his grass. But his timeline of the day of the fire would have left a would-be arsonist just five minutes to set the house aflame.
Joly married his girlfriend Chris Moore shortly before the fire destroyed his home
Two German Shepherds and three cats perished in the fire.
Nikki Joly, right, and his wife Chris. FACEBOOK
The activist has denied setting the fire. He’s charged with one count of first-degree arson and two counts of animal cruelty.
Joly’s woes come on the heels of Empire star Jussie Smollett’s trials and tribulations.
Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report for allegedly staging a bogus racist, homophobic beatdown in Chicago.