Jussie Smollett – Attorney Says Nigerian Brothers Could Have Worn Whiteface During Attack
“He only saw one of the attackers. One of them he didn’t see. He saw one through a ski mask. Again, he could not see their body. Everything was covered, and he had a full ski mask on except the area around the eyes.”
“He did tell police that he — from what we saw, he thought it was pale skin or white or pale skin, was I think what he said. And that was what he — and that’s why he initially did have a hard time.”
As previously reported, the Chicago Corporate Counsel has demanded that he pay $130,000. The amount is said to be how much was paid in overtime to police who investigated his case, according to reports.
In a letter sent to Smollett, the counsel said,
“Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating your false claims. The Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”
President Trump is also taking action against the Empire star. This week, he shared on twitter that he is calling the FBI and Department of Justice to look into the details of the investigation. He tweeted that Smollett is an embarrassment to the United States and should be disciplined over his actions.
“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
This week, it was announced that all charges against Smollett had been dropped. At a press conference, Smollett thanked his family, friends and supporters, while speaking briefly about his character being questioned throughout the entire ordeal:
“First of all I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me , who have supported me and who have showed me so much love. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will be forever grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
Smollett continued, adding how difficult things have been and his desire to return to work:
“This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.” Now I’d like nothing more than to get back to work and move on with my life. But make no mistakes, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere. So again thank you for all the support. Thank you for faith and thank you to God. Bless you. Thank you very much.”
See clip for Jussie’s ABC interview following his attack in February:
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