Thanks to Donald Trump, Jennifer Hudson and several of her relatives have been staying at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago free of charge following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew.
“She’s a great girl. And we’re protecting them well,” Trump told People.com at a benefit honoring Australia director Baz Luhrman at the Museum of Modern Art Monday night. “They are very safe.”
Hudson has reportedly been staying at the hotel since the Oct. 24 murders. Police are currently questioning her estranged brother-in-law William Balfour, who has been detained at Stateville Correctional Center outside Joliet since Oct. 26 for violating parole – stemming from a 1999 attempted murder conviction. He has not been charged in the case.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Mississippi college student Rashia Whitlock told investigators that Balfour called her at 4 a.m. the day of the murders and told her he and his “boys” were “getting ready for something real big that’s going to go down tomorrow.” Balfour then asked if they could come visit her, says Whitlock, which she refused.
Whitlock also said Balfour asked her whether she knew Jennifer Hudson and, more ominously, if Whitlock could be “loyal.” She said she had met Balfour on MySpace.