Jussie Smollett Maintains Innocence As He Heads Into Court On Felony Charges, Accused Of Lying To Police Over 2019 Hate Crime Against Him
It’s been about two and a half years since Empire star Jussie Smollett was charged for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself and lying to police.
But his court battle is far from over.
As previously reported, Jussie Smollett told police that white men attacked him in Chicago. He alleged they put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. He also said they yelled “This is MAGA country” and called him the n-word. But his story fell apart when brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundair alleged to police that the actor paid them to attack him. They said he was disappointed with his salary at Empire at wanted attention so he could get a raise. He was later charged for lying to police.
While the first set of charges against him were dismissed concerning the 2019 incident, he was charged again with six counts of felony misconduct for allegedly lying to police. Despite his legal woes, he still says he was attacked and maintained his innocence as he walked into court today. He also compared the upcoming proceedings to a “dog and pony show,” according to Fox News.
He has already pleaded not guilty to the new charges.
In September, he urged for the case to get dismissed altogether.
He claimed that “illegal and incompetent evidence” was collected from Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundair.
A motion for dismissal stated,
“…There is no legitimate reason why the Osundairo brothers were not called to provide live testimony to the special grand jury, particularly when they live locally in Chicago, were available and cooperating with the OSP, and reportedly met with the OSP for hours only one month earlier.”
It then alleges that a reason the brothers weren’t called in for live testimony is because the:
“OSP did not want to suborn further perjury by the Osundairo brothers, it did not want to risk having the brothers make additional contradictory statements prior to trial, and it did not want to allow the jurors their statutory right to question the Osundairo brothers about the incident.”
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