Famous race-hoaxer and former Empire star Jussie Smollett is still insisting he is innocent, and really was attacked by two white men wearing MAGA hats.
Jussie Smollett was recently interviewed by former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who is a controversial figure in his own right. Hill was fired from CNN after anti-semitic comments he made in a speech at the United Nations.
In Smollett’s interview, he insisted that he was the victim of a “set up”, and claims that he has two witnesses to prove that he did not stage the attack, which occurred in January of last year.
The incident took place in Chicago, in the midst of a “polar vortex” with temperatures well below zero. According to Smollett, two white men jumped him when he was walking home from Subway past midnight. They supposedly screamed racial and homophobic slurs at him, threw a noose around his neck, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid (possibly bleach) onto him, and yelled “This is MAGA country”.
The media immediately ran with the story, hosting Democrats and other celebrities to talk about how horrific the attack was, and trying to claim that this was the new normal in “Trump’s America”.
After a two week long investigation, Chicago police announced that they suspected that Smollett orchestrated the attack with the help of twin brothers that were previously extras on Smollett’s show “Empire”. The police claimed that the attack was planned by the three men, and the brothers then bought all of the necessary items and carried out the “assault”.
Smollett was then arrested and charged with 16 counts of lying to the police. The charges were later dropped under suspicious circumstances. The Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, gave Smollett a deal to escape trial, all he had to do was several hours of community service, and pay $10,000.
A special prosecutor was appointed soon after, who investigated the sweetheart plea deal, and found that Foxx had made a special deal with Smollett. The prosecutor decided to revive six counts of the original indictment.
In one of his first interviews since being re-charged with lying to the police, Jussie Smollett says that he is the “only human being” who was involved in the incident “who has not changed his story one time”. Smollett then said he believes that in order to sideline his claims of harassment and discrimination, a “narrative” was created.
“It was set up to make it seem like I was lying about something or everything,” Smollett said.
According to TMZ, “Smollett blasts police for focusing on winning the case instead of trying to solve it based on truth, and hints there may be a conspiracy against him because of that. As he puts it — law enforcement is willing to throw people under the bus, get people to lie, and switch the narrative based on their agenda… He also says there are 2 witnesses who can corroborate his story of seeing 2 white men — one of them carrying a rope — before he was attacked.”
Smollett insists that there is a tape of the incident, although none have been produced as of yet. He also says that there are two witnesses who say they saw two white men, one of whom was carrying a rope, prior to the attack.
Smollett then goes on to claim that the twin brothers who admitted to planning the attack with him were pressured to change their original story by the police.
“There would be no reason for me to do something like this. There would be no reason for me to do something foolish and I do think that if you look at all of the things that were happening for me, and then for all of the opportunities and all of the money…Whatever, that I have lost at this point, if in fact what they said was true, the smart thing to do would be to admit that. At least there would be a place to work back from. This is bulls**t,” Smollet said.