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‘Overwhelming’ evidence Jussie Smollett faked the attack

A prosecutor told a grand jury on Wednesday that there was “excessive evidence” that former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack against herself in downtown Chicago to go public, then lie to the police about it. concluded that what Smollett did in January 2019 cost Chicago police a great deal of time and resources to investigate an alleged crime that turned out to be a forgery. Smollett, who is black and gay, told police that someone put a noose around his neck and yelled at Webb saying, “Besides breaking the law, outright smearing something like a real hate crime and then making sure it involves words and symbols of such historical significance in our country is misguided. He also accused Smollett of lying to jurors. “At the end of the day, he didn’t have any credibility,” Webb said. guilty of six counts of a low-level felony for making what prosecutors say is a fake police report of the alleged assault. He faces one charge of disorderly conduct for each time he reports to three different police officers. During the week, Smollett repeatedly denied the assault was fake, telling a prosecutor “there was no hoax on my part” and that the two brothers testifying against him were “liars.” Smollett called the Osundairo brothers’ testimony that he paid them $3,500 to perform. points out the “100% false” fake attack and describes how he was a victim of a hate crime while walking in his neighborhood in the early morning hours of January 29, 2019. He also did. testified that the check for $3,500 he wrote to Abimbola Osundairo was for a meal a After Webb’s cross-examination on Tuesday, Smollett said that a few days before the alleged attack, he had collected Osundairo in his car to go to the gym and Osundairo’s brother, Olabingo, came along. Smollett denied the brothers’ testimony that they had circled the area where the alleged attack happened three times as a “run away” for the mock attack. He said it was not unusual for him to drive around and that he canceled the plan to do so because he did not want to work with Olabingo Osundairo, whom he had not invited to come with him. of testimony with his defense attorney on Monday, but he appeared to grow irritated during his exchange with Webb on Tuesday, at one point telling the veteran prosecutor that Webb did not understand the application. social network Instagram. in Smollett’s testimony, including whether he sent private messages to confirm the timing of the alleged assault and whether his attackers were white, like police said Smollett told them. about the alleged timing of the spoofing attack, Smollett replied, “No spoofing” and denied sending the message. After Webb showed Smollett the four messages Smollett had sent Osundairo that night, Smollett said to Webb, “If you say so, sir.” he finally got home from the airport. On Monday, Smollett testified that he was returning home from buying a sandwich around 2 a.m. when someone shouted a racist, homophobic comment referencing the show. television “Empire . This person also shouted something about “MAGA country”, a clear reference to then-President Donald Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great Again”. The slogan has also been scrawled on several hate letters – including a drawing of a human figure hanging by a noose – which Smollett received at the set of “Empire,” he testified. hit him in the head and he fell to the ground, where he said another man kicked him before the attackers fled. Smollett said he noticed a rope, like a noose, wrapped around his neck after the attack. When he returned home, a friend called the Chicago police, which Smollett said he wouldn’t do because, as a black man, he didn’t trust the police. , I do not know. There’s no way for me to know that.” Webb then asked Smollett if he recognized the voice of Abimbola Osundairo, who was passing by Bola. “In that moment, I wouldn’t stop and say, ‘Hey Bola is that you? “Smollett testified. Last week, two brothers testified that. the mock attack was Smollett’s idea, and he gave them $100 to buy supplies including a rope to tie a noose around his neck and direct them to scream racial slurs and gay men and “MAGA.” Smollett said of the Osundairo brothers: “They are liars. “Smollett faces a 4th degree felony with a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts say if found guilty he will likely be placed on probation and ordered to do community service.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning in the case against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against yourself in downtown Chicago to be public.

The jury is then expected to begin deliberating whether Smollett is guilty of six low-level crimes for lying to Chicago police about the January 2019 attack.

Standing before a witness earlier this week, Smollett repeatedly denied the attack was fake, telling a prosecutor “there was no hoax on my part” and that the two brothers testifying against him were ” liar.”

Smollett called the Osundairo brothers’ testimony that he paid them $3,500 to carry out the fake attack as “100% false” and described how he was the victim of a hate crime when was walking in his neighborhood early on January 29, 2019. He also testified that the $3,500 check he wrote to Abimbola Osundairo was for a meal and a workout plan because he was trying to get fit. get in shape for an upcoming music video.

Under cross-examination by special counsel Dan Webb, Smollett said on Tuesday that a few days before the alleged attack, he had collected Osundairo in his car to go to the gym and his brother’s Osundairo, Olabingo, also came along. Smollett denied the brothers’ testimony that they had circled the area where the alleged attack happened three times as a “run away” for the mock attack. He said it was not unusual for him to drive around, and that he canceled plans to do so because he did not want to work with Olabingo Osundairo, whom he did not invite to come with him.

Smollett appeared calm during many hours of testifying with his defense attorney on Monday, but he appeared to become irritable during his exchange with Webb on Tuesday, at one point telling prosecutors veteran that he does not understand the social networking application Instagram.

Webb’s cross-examination also revealed several inconsistencies in Smollett’s testimony, including whether he sent private messages confirming the time of the attack and whether the attackers whether he was white or not, as police said Smollett had told them.

When Webb asked Smollett if he had sent Abimbola Osundairo private Instagram messages to Abimbola Osundairo the night of the alleged attack about the timing of the spoofing attack, Smollett replied, “no attack fake” and denied sending the message. After Webb showed Smollett the four messages Smollett had sent Osundairo that night, Smollett said to Webb, “If you say so, sir.”

In the last message – sent at 12:41 a.m., about 90 minutes before the alleged assault – Smollett told Osundairo he was finally home from the airport. Smollett attested that he was sending the message to arrange a workout, not a phishing attack.

On Monday, Smollett testified that he was returning home from buying a sandwich around 2 a.m. when someone shouted a racist, homophobic comment referring to the episode. TV show “Empire”. This person also shouted something about “MAGA country”, a clear reference to then-President Donald Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great Again”. The slogan has also been scrawled on several hate letters – including a drawing of a stick hanging from a noose – that Smollett received at the set of “Empire,” he testified.

Smollett said when he turned to confront the person, a man hit him in the head and he fell to the ground, where he said another person kicked him before the attackers fled. Smollett said he noticed a rope, like a noose, wrapped around his neck after the attack. When he returned home, a friend called the Chicago police, which Smollett said he wouldn’t do because, as a black man, he didn’t trust the police.

Asked by Webb whether he intended the brothers to be his attacker, Smollett replied: “No, I don’t know. There’s no way for me to know that.” Webb then asked Smollett if he recognized the voice of Abimbola Osundairo – who was passing by Bola – during the incident.

“In that moment, I wouldn’t stop and say, ‘Hey Bola is that you? “” Smollett testified.

Last week, the brothers testified that the spoofing attack was Smollett’s idea and that he gave them $100 to purchase supplies including ropes to tie a noose around his neck, while also directing led them to scream racial and homophobic slurs and “MAGA”.

Smollett said of the Osundairo brothers: “They are liars.”

Smollett, 39, was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct for making what prosecutors said was a false police report of the alleged assault – one count for each times he reported – to three different officers. The fourth-degree felony carries a sentence of up to three years in prison, but experts say if Smollett is found guilty he could potentially be placed on probation and ordered to do community service.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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