Jussie Smollet maintained his innocence when speaking to a TMZ reporter at the Los Angeles airport on Wednesday. The former ‘Empire’ actor is facing six new criminal charges surrounding his purported Chicago hate hoax, in which he is said to have paid two Nigerian brothers to play the role of racist Trump supporters and stage a fake attack on him.
Smollett’s accomplices have turned on him, admitting their role in the hoax and that Smollett paid them to help him pose as a victim. But the actor is still maintaining his innocence, as seen in his conversation with a TMZ reporter.
The actor spoke with confidence when asked about his legal strategy.
“I don’t claim to be innocent, I am innocent.”
Smollett’s claims are disputed by the Osundairo brothers, who have been subjected to lengthy police interview surrounding their role in the hate crime hoax. They’ve admitted they were paid by Smollett in the elaborate scheme.
Smollett appeared set to coast free of any potential legal consequences from the hoax in March of 2019, when charges of lying to police were dropped by a Chicago prosecutor with little to no expanation. Local police unions seethed when it was revealed Chicago District Attorney Kim Foxx was closely connected to some of Smollett’s political contacts.
However, Smollett was charged with new accounts of lying to police earlier this month by Special Counsel Dan Webb, who was appointed by Judge Michael Toomin to review the matter.
“It’s definitely frustrating, but it’s fight or die at this point,” Smollett stated, making it appear unlikely that he’d come forward and admit to organizing the hoax.
“The truth is the best defense. The truth, which they know nothing about.”
Fighting words. The case against Smollett is objectively strong, corroborated by numerous witnesses, surveillance camera footage of the actor’s accomplices purchasing materials used in the hoax, and premeditated plotting preceding the event.
It appears likely that Smollett will argue the Osundairo brothers executed the attack purely on their own initiative, going out of their way to make a dishonest attack on a liberal actor that left him a picturesque hate crime victim.
Smollett’s next court date is on March 18th. Perhaps he’d be better off reconsidering his legal strategy before then.
WATCH: General Flynn SPEAKS OUT In First Interview Since Pardon: “President Trump Won This Election”
Flynn is speaking out.
Former White House National Security Advisor and retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn spoke out on the topic of improprieties in the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, speaking out in his first public remarks since receiving a presidential pardon from President Donald Trump. Flynn was pardoned from charges of lying to the FBI, criminal allegations that the Department of Justice has since renounced after the revelation of pervasive FBI misconduct in a series of interrogations Flynn was subject to.
Lieutenant General Flynn expressed his confidence that President Donald Trump secured an overwhelming electoral college victory in the 2020 presidential election, stating that he believes President Trump won 350 electoral college votes.
“He’s going to win Pennsylvania. He’s going to win Arizona. He’s going to win Georgia. He’s going to win Nevada. He’s going to win Michigan.”
Lt. Gen. Flynn went on to cite discrepancies occurring with election software and hardware supplied by Dominion, a company that has become a source of controversy for its contracts to provide elections systems utilized in many US states. He called reports of a Biden victory the “greatest fraud in American history.”
Flynn argued that the mass-scale political censorship utilized by Big Tech monopolies such as Twitter constitute a form of election interference.
“I just cannot believe the media and the censorship that is going on… Look at what Twitter is doing to the President of the United States of America. It’s infuriating to me, and an abomination to the First Amendment.”
“The President is being censored by US companies… Think about that. I’m at a loss when I talk about it. That has to stop being allowed… How dare they do that to the President of the United States.”
Flynn didn’t speak on the circumstances of his pardon, instead opting to focus on the political crisis facing the United States as citizens face the prospect of a disputed and unclear election.
“I’m not frustrated. I’m determined.”
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