Cast Jussie Smollett came to his defense for a second time Tuesday morning, pushing back in a heated cross-examination in which a special prosecutor alleges he identified one of the alleged attackers. be white because that would make his story more believable.
Special Prosecutor Daniel Webb, who has insisted that Smollett convicted of racist, anti-gay hate crimes against himself in January 2019, suggests that the former Empire The actor weaponized the race as part of a publicity stunt.
“Do you think that by saying that your attackers are white, it will give credibility to a fake hate crime?” Webb asked.
Smollett replied curtly: “You have to ask someone who committed a fake hate crime.”
The line of suspicion followed Smollett’s description of at least one of the alleged assailants being white, when he told police that two men had hurled “Empire f — — tn —- r” and “this is MAGA county,” “Before punching him, doused him with bleach and put a noose around his neck on the night of January 29, 2019.
During nearly six hours of testimony on Monday, Smollett said he thought one of his attackers was white because he believed he saw white skin peeking through a ski mask that he wore. the man is wearing and partly because he makes assumptions about the person’s race based on the nature of the symbol used.
Smollett told Webb he couldn’t remember whether he told detectives directly that his alleged attackers were white, but remember they were “pale” because he couldn’t see their faces.
Smollett said: “I was definitely saying ‘pale skin’ at the time. “I didn’t see the faces and it wouldn’t be fair to say they were white.”
Anthony Moore, a security guard who was working at Smollett’s apartment building that night, testified Monday that he saw the actor’s attackers gallop and said he had told police that one of them was a white male wearing a ski mask.
When Webb pressed Smollett to say more about the identities of his attackers, then asked him if he knew the Osundairo brothers, who were Black, Smollett replied, “There’s no way for me to know.”
Smollett later claimed that the brothers were “liars”, when questioned about their testimony that they were responsible for the attack and that it was staged.
“They also said I had something to do with it, and that’s not true,” Smollett said.
In an opening statement last week, Webb singled out Smollett as the man who directed the alleged attack, with help from Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, to boost his acclaim.
Digging into the events leading up to the conflict and in an attempt to bolster the argument that Smollett planned the spoofing attack, Webb also probed Smollett about the Instagram messages he exchanged with Abimbola. Osundairo, the brothers’ younger brother, when Smollett’s flight back to Chicago was delayed the night of the incident.
While Webb suggested that the messages were part of a plot to let Abimbola know that the attack would be delayed, Smollett said he had been sharing updates on his flight delay with all 5 million followers and he merely replied to Abimbola’s messages. later that night, and wanted to schedule a workout, he said.
“Mr. Webb, with all due respect you don’t understand Instagram,” Smollett cut short at one point, saying his messages were in response to a public post for his followers.
“You are misrepresenting me to the jury and the entire court, and that is not fair. Don’t show the actual Insta stories that I posted, they don’t get the full story so they don’t understand,” he added, according to New York Post.
Similarly, Webb tried to point to other signs of Smollett’s staging, asking if the actor had “arranged” for his manager to call him around the time of the attack.
The line of questioning follows statements Smollett made on Monday, including that he spoke on the phone with manager Brandon Moore, who encouraged him to report the assault to police despite he hesitated about how doing so might affect his ability. to place the roles.
“I told him to call me when he could,” Smollett said. “He could have called me the next day.”
Pointing his question to the cuts and bruises Smollett suffered during the alleged attack, Webb suggested that they would be “not a big deal” for the actor.
“I have a scar under my eye,” Smollett retorted, adding that the “black circle” under one of his eyes still “won’t go away after three years.”
“That was a problem for me,” he said.
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