Skip to comments.Defiant Jussie Smollet says he will FIGHT the false police report charges over 'staged' attack
Posted on 02/21/2019 7:50:14 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Defiant Jussie Smollet says he will FIGHT the false police report charges over 'staged' attack - as Empire producers consider suspending him, after security footage emerged of the Nigerian brothers buying ski masks
Jussie Smollett, 36, was criminally charged on Wednesday night in Chicago
He is charged with filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony
Police say that he hoaxed a hate crime assault on himself on January 29
His attorneys say he 'enjoys the presumption of innocence' and will fight charge
Empire's producers are reportedly considering removing Smollett from TV show
Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were earlier seen entering grand jury
Video of them buying ski masks and red hat day before the attack has emerged
Cops believe Smollett hired the duo to carry out a staged assault on himself
Charges carry a maximum sentence of three years and a fine of up to $25,000 FBI is also still investigating hateful letter that Smollett said he received
The Chicago Police Department announced on Wednesday night that the Cook County State's Attorney Office had approved criminal charges against 36-year-old Empire star.
His lawyers say he intends to 'mount an aggressive defense' against the class 4 felony, that could land him up to three years in prison if convicted.
Police suspect the actor, who is black and openly gay, staged a racist and homophobic assault against himself on January 29, which he claimed was carried out by white men who shouted 'this is MAGA country' as they put a noose around his neck.
As new of the charges against Smollett broke, Empire's producers were weighing whether to remove him from the Fox drama series, on which he portrays the musician Jamal Lyon, sources close to the show told Variety.
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Drama Queen (yes pun intended) looking for a jury nullification. He’d lose his case in any functioning court of law. Octuple or nothing career move.
He’ll fight and he won’t even drop his sammich.
He was a victim of two white Nigerian Trump supporters dammit.
Hmmmm, video of your two friends buying the ski masks, red hats an gloves. You paid them with a CHECK. You lied that they were white.
Your chances of winning this are nearly negative...............
The check he paid them with will hamper his fight....
fight the man! go jessie! use the race card!
The Uber Morons on ABC going on and on about how this hurts the LGBT community:
If GF Rahm says guilty in Chicago, you are toast..................
Young, black, gay, talented and a hateful bigot.
Let’s call it like it is.
MAGA Jussie. Make Alexandria Go Away
Did Kamala delete this yet?
Como on, Kamala et all - LET’S HEAR THE APOLOGIES!
Don’t forget to play the Queen too.
She posted it with her fingers crossed behind her back. Please, Gaia, let this be true.
is Harris or FOX “News” paying for the lawyers.
both pushed him to do it.
LOL. Did you see her stammering when asked about the tweet?
What is the old Hollywood maxim?
“There is no such thing as bad publicity.”
Guaranteed he ends up pleading guilty.
He’ll take a deal....so it doesn’t go to trial.
Yes. She needs to be confronted AGAIN about this - in fact ALL of the bandwagon commies in the media and in Congress need to be confronted about their blatant anti-Trump bias and apologize to President Trump AND his supporters.
I know when pigs fly....
Good, hope the prosecutor withdraws the charges and replaces them with hate crime, attempt at insurrection and conspiracy to deprive rights.
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