(PoliticalLookout.com)- In a weird turn of events, former star of “Empire” Jussie Smollett claims that he was the victim of a setup and did not actually stage a fake hate crime against him. Smollett said during an interview with CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill that was published to Instagram that he was a victim, not just of the attack but also of a “set up.”
Smollett claimed that he has two witnesses who can prove that he didn’t stage the racist and homophobic attack in January of 2019, in which two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats physically assaulted him on the street.
In the interview, Smollett said that he is the only person involved with the incident who “has not changed his story on time” and that he thinks he is the victim of a “narrative” being created to dispute his claim that he was attacked by two random MAGA supporters in the street.
“It was set up to make it seem like I was lying about something or everything,” he told Hill.
Chicago police investigated the incident that took place on January 2019 last year, and after two weeks confirmed that Smollett orchestrated the attack with the help of two brothers whom he had met after they worked as extras on the show “Empire.” Police believed that Smollett planned the fake hate crime attack with the two men, paying them for their time, and then ensuring the fake attack took place where CCTV cameras could catch it.
As a result, Smollett was charged with 16 counts of lying to police officers. In a plea deal made with the state attorney’s office, those charges were dropped and Smollett was allowed to avoid a trial while paying $10,000 in fines and serving hours of community service. However, following a further investigation by a special prosecutor, it appears that the deal was not fair and six counts from the original indictment were brought back.
In an effort to avoid paying for his crime, Smollett is now claiming witnesses can prove that he didn’t set the whole thing up and that he’s the one being set up.
But by who?
“There would be no reason for me to do something like this,” he claimed. “There would be no reason for me to do something foolish and I do think that if you look at all of the things that were happening for me, and then for all of the opportunities and all of the money…whatever, that I have lost at this point, if in fact what they said was true, the smart thing to do would be to admit that.”
But would it? There’s big money and fame in being at the receiving end of a hate crime, and Smollett surely new that.
Let’s see who these witnesses are, and what they have to say…