Jussie Smollett: I Didn’t Pay to Get Assaulted! I Paid For Steroids!
It’s been over six months since Empire star Jussie Smollett allegedly staged an assault in order to portray himself as the victim of a hate crime.
Now, the incident is once again making headlines due to the fact that an investigation into the way the case was handled could result in new charges against Smollett.
Law enforcement officials were stunned when the charges against Smollett were dropped before his case could go to trial.
Several prominent figures in Chicago spoke out against the decision, including the city’s then-mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
Last month, a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate claims that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dismissed the case as a result of political pressure.
Smollett is not the principal target of the investigation but the judge who appointed the special prosecutor made it clear the actor may wind up back in court on new charges.
And thus far, Smollett and his attorneys are not happy with the media’s coverage of the investigation.
According to TMZ Jussie is outraged over what he claims is the mischaracterization of a text he sent to alleged co-conspirator Abel Osundairo just four days before the incident.
“Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?” Smollett wrote.
Jussie says the text had nothing to do with the attack, but was instead a request that Osundairo obtain herbal steroids for Smollett during his upcoming trip to Nigeria.
Lawyers for the actor claim that Jussie’s version of events is corroborated by the fact that Abel googled “banned supplements” and “steroids” shortly after conversing with Smollett.
Also at issue is the fact that Smollett called Osundairo shortly after the attack.
Smollett also says the media has misrepresented the conversation as evidence that the two were co-conspirators.
Jussie’s camp says the call was simply an attempt to give Osundairo a heads up that detectives would be calling him to corroborate Jussie’s timeline, as the two of them had spoken earlier in the day.
Smollett and his team claim that a text Abel sent to Jussie in the hours after the attack prove that Osundairo was not involved in the incident:
“Bruh say it ain’t true. I’m praying for speedy recovery. S**t is wild. [prayer emoji],” Osundairo wrote.
Jussie cites the text as proof that Osundairo learned of the incident only after it was reported to police.
Yes, in an ironic twist, the man who’s been head-to-head with MAGA Nation is now claiming he’s a victim of fake news.
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