Jussie Smollett (an ex-Empire actor) took the stand Monday to defend his actions. He claimed that no race hoax ever took place.
Police allege that Smollett orchestrated and paid for the “hate crime,” in which he hired Olabinjo Osundairo (one of his hired men) to act like Donald Trump supporters and attack him in the early hours on January 29, 2019. Smollett testified that he ran a dry-run and paid for the money needed to buy the supplies. He beat him with anti-gay and racist slurs.
Smollett faces six felony disorderly conduct charges for lying to police about hate crimes, perpetuating the hoax, and starting an extensive investigation that revealed that he had lied about everything.
Prosecutors claim that Smollett made the fake hate crime to draw attention to another fake hate event that took place a week before. Smollett also received a stick-figure drawing of a man suspended from an untied noose and a reference to “MAGA”.
He wanted to make Emperor producers think he was worth more than $65,000 an episode, but he was fired after staging hoaxes regarding race.
It is ironic that the trial of the actor will not be televised.
Jurors were shown CCTV footage showing Smollett and the brothers, as well as their alleged dry runs the day before the attack.
Monday’s testimony of Smollett was that the attack was real and that he was injured. A defense physician also told jurors that his wounds were not consequential.
Smollett attributed the attack to white men, MAGA supporters, and anti-gay people. Smollett later admitted that he had a sexual relationship with one of his brothers at a bathhouse, before launching an antigay libel.
The defense lawyers offered other explanations for why Smollett was attacked after receiving a $3,500 check from Smollett.
Monday saw Smollett play the victim again on the stand and blame the officers for his misfortune. Maybe he wants to convince the jury that Smollett was not guilty of staging hate crime hoaxes and that the police really are bad actors.
It’s back. Blame them when it doesn’t work.
He could be sentenced to three years imprisonment if he is found guilty. Fame has its benefits.