Chicago- Jussie Smollett Repeatedly denied on Tuesday he Two brothers who carried out racist and anti-homosexual attacks on themselves for propaganda, told the prosecutor at the end of the trial that “I have no scam” and testified against them he Is a “liar”.
The former “Empire” actor’s lawyer soon put their case on hold Smollett Completed the second day’s testimony accusation in a Chicago court he Lie to the police about the January 2019 attack. Prosecutors said they had no other witnesses to call, and Judge James Lin arranged for the closing of the case on Wednesday.
on Monday, Smollett The Osundairo brothers’ testimony was stated that he paid $3,500 to carry out a fake attack “100% false” and described how he became a victim of a hate crime while walking around downtown Chicago. He also testified that the $3,500 cheque given to Abimbola Osundairo was for meal and exercise plans because he was trying to prepare for the upcoming music video.
Under cross-examination by Special Counsel Dan Weber, Smollett Said Tuesday that days before the alleged attack he Abimbola Osundairo picked him up in his car to exercise, and Osundairo’s younger brother Olabingo Osundairo also followed. Smollett Deny the brothers’ earlier testimony that they drove together-three times around the area where the alleged attack took place-as part of the “test run” of the fake attack. He said that circling in the area is not uncommon for him. He cancelled the exercise plan because he did not want to exercise with Olabingo Osundairo, whom he had not invited.
Smollett, In and his The defense lawyers on Monday seemed to become even more annoyed his On Tuesday, he communicated with Weber and once told senior prosecutors that he did not understand the social media application Instagram.Weber’s cross-examination also revealed some inconsistencies in Smollett’s testimony, including whether he sent a private message to confirm the time of the alleged attack and whether the person who attacked him was white, as the police said. Smollett tell them.
When Weber asked Smollett if he On the night of the alleged attack, the application was used to send a private message to Abimbola Osundairo about the time of the fake attack Smollett Responded, “No false attack” and refused to send the message.After Webb’s show Smollett Four messages Smollett That night, when the actor was at the airport, Abimbola Osundairo was sent home because his flight back to Chicago was delayed. Smollett Tell Weber: “If you say that, sir.”
In the last message – sent at 12:41 AM on January 29, 2019 or about 90 minutes before the alleged attack occurred – Smollett Tell Osundairo he finally arrived at home. Smollett testify he The message is sent to schedule an exercise, not a false attack.
exist his Monday’s testimony, Smollett Said he At about 2 in the morning, I was eating a sandwich and going home, when someone shouted racist and homophobic remarks, which mentioned the TV show “Empire”. This person also shouted “MAGA Nation”, apparently referring to the then President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America great again”. This slogan was also scribbled on a hate email – including a stick figure hanging on a noose – Smollett Earlier received in the “Empire” series, he testify.
Smollett When speaking he Turned to face that person, and hit him alone he In the head and he Fell to the ground, there he Said another person kicked he Before the attacker escaped. Smollett Said he Noticed that there is a rope around it, like a lasso his After attacking the neck.when he When I got home, my friend called the Chicago police, something happened Smollett Said he Not because of being a black he Don’t trust the police.
Weber asked him on Tuesday if he said his brother was the one who attacked him. Smollett He replied: “No, I don’t know. I have no way of knowing this.” Weber went on to ask Smollett The voice of Abimbola Osundairo was recognized during the incident-he passed Bola.
“At that moment, I won’t stop and say,’Hey, is Bora you?'” Smollett testify.
The brothers testified last week that the fake attack was Smollett’s idea, and he They were given 100 dollars to buy supplies, including a rope to tie the noose his Neck and instruct them to yell racial and homosexual slander and “MAGA”.
Smollett It also talked about the Osundairo brothers’ testimony about his planning of the attack: “They are liars.”
Smollett, 39, was charged with six felony crimes of disturbing order for making false police reports on suspected assaults that the prosecutor said-one at a time he Reports were given to three different officials. A four-degree felony can be sentenced to up to three years in prison, but experts say that if Smollett is convicted he May be suspended and ordered to perform community service.
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