BREAKING: Lawyers for Jussie Smollett decry claims that he "played a role in his own attack" Defense team add that "nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying." READ IT ALL HERE ON @DEADLINE https://t.co/dnHHslaKFZ— Dominic Patten (@DeadlineDominic) February 17, 2019
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:
This @JussieSmollett story is just... WHOA— terry crews (@terrycrews) February 17, 2019
So, as we wait to hopefully get some closure on what really went down, my question is: Why would Jussie Smollett stage an attack on himself? And don’t be base and simplistic and boring and say “Publicity!!” The guy was on a hit tv show. What else?— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) February 17, 2019
If #JussieSmollett orchestrated this scam and claimed he was attacked because he’s black and gay, the real tragedy will be all of the victims of REAL hate crimes whose stories won’t be believed. pic.twitter.com/XIWwXazg5L— Victor Blackwell CNN (@VictorBlackwell) February 17, 2019
How fast will all the liberals shut their pie holes on this one? https://t.co/n0l2P5da4K— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 17, 2019
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