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Defiant Jussie Smollet says he will FIGHT the false police report charges over 'staged' attack
Daily Mail UK ^ | February 21, 2019 | Jennifer Smith

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 02/21/2019 7:50:14 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

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.


2 posted on 02/21/2019 7:53:16 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Apoplectic is where we want them)
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To: COUNTrecount

He’ll fight and he won’t even drop his sammich.
He was a victim of two white Nigerian Trump supporters dammit.


3 posted on 02/21/2019 7:53:52 AM PST by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: COUNTrecount

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...............


4 posted on 02/21/2019 7:54:49 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: COUNTrecount

The check he paid them with will hamper his fight....


5 posted on 02/21/2019 7:55:07 AM PST by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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To: MrEdd

fight the man! go jessie! use the race card!


6 posted on 02/21/2019 7:55:33 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: MrEdd

The Uber Morons on ABC going on and on about how this hurts the LGBT community:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJeuKZ4q_zU


7 posted on 02/21/2019 7:55:51 AM PST by samtheman (How can there be so many brain damaged Americans?)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

If GF Rahm says guilty in Chicago, you are toast..................


8 posted on 02/21/2019 7:55:56 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Young, black, gay, talented and a hateful bigot.

Let’s call it like it is.

MAGA Jussie. Make Alexandria Go Away


9 posted on 02/21/2019 7:56:22 AM PST by PSUGOP
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To: COUNTrecount

Did Kamala delete this yet?


10 posted on 02/21/2019 7:57:04 AM PST by samtheman (How can there be so many brain damaged Americans?)
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To: COUNTrecount

Como on, Kamala et all - LET’S HEAR THE APOLOGIES!


11 posted on 02/21/2019 7:59:57 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Lockbox

Don’t forget to play the Queen too.


12 posted on 02/21/2019 8:02:13 AM PST by Kozak (DIVERSITY+PROXIMITY=CONFLICT)
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To: samtheman

She posted it with her fingers crossed behind her back. “Please, Gaia, let this be true.”


13 posted on 02/21/2019 8:02:27 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: COUNTrecount

is Harris or FOX “News” paying for the lawyers.

both pushed him to do it.


14 posted on 02/21/2019 8:02:54 AM PST by Diogenesis ( WWG1WGA)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

LOL. Did you see her stammering when asked about the tweet?


15 posted on 02/21/2019 8:02:54 AM PST by Kozak (DIVERSITY+PROXIMITY=CONFLICT)
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To: COUNTrecount

What is the old Hollywood maxim?

“There is no such thing as bad publicity.”


16 posted on 02/21/2019 8:03:20 AM PST by RatRipper
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To: COUNTrecount

Guaranteed he ends up pleading guilty.


17 posted on 02/21/2019 8:03:33 AM PST by circlecity
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He’ll take a deal....so it doesn’t go to trial.


18 posted on 02/21/2019 8:06:44 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kozak

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....


19 posted on 02/21/2019 8:07:34 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: COUNTrecount

Good, hope the prosecutor withdraws the charges and replaces them with hate crime, attempt at insurrection and conspiracy to deprive rights.


20 posted on 02/21/2019 8:07:45 AM PST by Mouton (The media is the enemy of the people.)
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