Jussie Smollett Maintains He Is Victim of Hate Crime; Celebs Weigh In

Jussie Smollett's lawyers have released a statement:

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.

One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity."

It is being reported that the two men have told police they were paid $3,500 each by Smollett to help him stage the attack, which they rehearsed days before.

A number of celebrities have tweeted about the reports that police believe the attack is a hoax perpetrated by Smollett:

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