A former Chicago police detective testified Tuesday in Jussie Smollett’s trial that police worked hard to prove the actor’s story of a racist, homophobic attack. count.
Smollett told police, two masked men approached him as he was walking home on January 29, 2019 and “hurt racist and homophobic insults, beat him and put a noose around his neck before fleeing.” Fox News reported.
However, this account was disputed by two men Smollett allegedly paid to carry out the “racist and homophobic” attack – Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.
Smollett faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct related to making a false statement to police, according to police. Chicago Sun-Times.
Michael Theis, lead detective investigating Smollett’s allegations, said Chicago police spent more than 3,000 hours investigating Smollett’s claims and that the police were “absolutely” in no hurry to judge, according to the report. WXIA-TV.
He said police had collected all the videos, covered the area and checked phone records.
Theis said Smollett would not agree to a DNA test.
Smollett told police that one of his attackers was white, Theis testified.
And police are determined to find the men responsible, Theis said.
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“This is terrible. I mean this crime is a hate crime, but a horrible hate crime. There was a noose, there was bleach,” Theis said Daytime. “It’s local news, it’s national news, it’s international news. Everyone wants to know what happened, from the mayor down, everyone wants answers. “
Theis said police initially believed Smollett was a victim.
As the investigation continued, police “determined that the alleged hate crime was indeed a staged event and it did not occur,” Theis said, according to Chicago Tribune.
Black Osundairo brothers.
“To this day, has Mr. Smollett ever come clean about this hateful crime?” Theis was questioned by deputy special counsel Samuel Mendenhall, according to New York Post.
“Not that I know,” Theis replied.
Defense attorney Nenye Uche said in his opening statement late Monday that the brothers attacked Smollett because they don’t like him.
“Jussie Smollett was a real victim,” Uche said.
Special Counsel Dan Webb looked at it differently.
“When he reports a fake hate crime, it’s a real crime,” Webb said.
If convicted, Smollett could face up to three years in prison, but probation would be a more likely sentence, according to the report. Related press.
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