Nearly three years since Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of a hate crime, he is back in court this week as a defendant for allegedly staging the whole thing and filing a false police report. Those of you who frequent the Sidebar posts here know that I defended Jussie even as more and more of you were screaming from the beginning that it was all bullshit. I really liked Jussie and his family and it just didn’t seem like something he would ever do. But, I was wr… I was wrooo… FINE! I WAS WRONG. So here we go this week as he is being retried and the two guys he allegedly hired to rough him him up have rolled over on him.
Previously facing more serious charges including 16 felony counts, he is now facing, six counts of disorderly conduct under a subsection of the law that prohibits false reports to police. The charges are listed as class 4 felonies, which are among the least serious felonies in Illinois. But convictions can still carry potential prison time of up to three years. Because Jussie Smollett has no criminal background, it is unlikely he will do any actual prison time. If I would a judge I’d at least make him do thirty days and three years of probation. I’m just saying.
This Is An Open And Shut Case
The case began on Monday with a fairly speedy jury selection. Special prosecutor Dan Webb also began opening statements on Monday. His focus was on how uncooperative he was with the initial investigation. He refused turn over cell phone and would not provide medical information. Webb says he didn’t turn phone over because he didn’t want police to see communication with brothers. The defense attorney Nenye Uche then talked about how the whole ordeal was a rush to judgment that ruined Jussie Smollett’s life. He told jurors that the brothers (Abel and Ola Osundairo) will get on stand and lie. Uche still claims Jussie Smollett is a victim of a hate crime. There was a real attack. He alludes to a third attacker. He claims the brothers did not like Jussie Smollett. Really? Jussie Smollett should be begging for a plea deal to avoid this further embarrassment.
Uche said that Jussie thought one of the brothers was a friend but it was a one way street. They pretended to like him. But, they saw him as a target and a mark. Girl, PUHLEASE. You have no case. The defense attorney continues. He says that the check Jussie wrote them was not for staging the hate crime, it was for training and a meal plan to help him get in shape for an upcoming video. The blame the brothers defense continues when he say that when the how was raided, the cops impounded “weapons of war,” drugs, multiple cell phones and computers. WTF does that have to do with ANYTHING? The defense attorney says that Jussie Smollett did not turn over medical records because he is a celebrity. Again, WTF? He ends his opening statement telling the Jury, “Just Do Your Job.”
Again, WHERE IS THE DEFENSE?
The prosecution called a detective to the stand who testified that 24-26 Police officers and detectives were dedicated to the hate crime Jussie Smollett reported. Over 3,000 man hours. 1,500 hours of video recovered. He then totally decimated the defense with his videos of the brothers and their ultimate confession. He has evidence of Jussie Smollett and the brothers talking on a social media app hours before the attack. The defense attorney doesn’t even bother with cross examination.
Then Abel took the stand and said that he and Jussie Smollett would “go to the club, we would go to the strip club. I’ve been to a concert of his and we would go to a bathhouse.” The met through a mutual friend. He said Jussie would ask him to buy weed, cocaine and molly for him. Also, Abel apparently paid for it. He also said he only charged around $200 for training and meal plans. Not the $3,500 that Jussie paid him. He said he never really charged Jussie for training and meal plans because they were friends and when they went out together, Jussie always picked up the tab.
Abel Osundario Testimony Continues
Abel explains why he agreed to fake the attack, “I agreed to do it most importantly because I felt indebted to Jussie. He also got me a stand in role on empire and I believed he could further my acting career.” Next he testified that Jussie wanted him to do the “punching.” Smollett wanted Abel to do because he didn’t trust Ola to “pull” his punches. In other words, he didn’t want to actually get hurt. Abel thought of Jussie as a brother. Jussie wanted to be sure camera’s were there to record the event, allegedly for the cops to find.
Next the defense is up asks if Abel follows Jussie on Instagram. Again, really? That is the question. He replies not any more. They they ask him if punching someone is a crime. He replies, not if they ask you to, and you are acting. The defense then tries get Abel to say that he and his brother roughed up Jussie so that he would be intimidated into hiring Abel and his brother as his security team. Le sigh. The defense tries to insinuate the the Nigerian brothers hat gay people. Do they not understand strip clubs and bathhouses? The prosecution on their redirect brings up that both brothers had participated in a gay pride parade and were even on a float in the parade.
Older Brother Ola Testifies
Abel’s older brother, Ola testifies next. He says the original plan was to dump gasoline on Jussie, not bleach. But, Ola thought that would be too dangerous. The jury was shown a picture of Ola on a Trojan Condom Pride parade float from years back He explained that he was, “throwing out condoms and flexing.” This trial is going at lightning speed. Because, there literally is no defense. The defense tried to get a mistrial and there was some sort of shit show that I can’t address, but it was denied. The prosecution rests. The defense called their first witness Brendan Moore. He was on the phone with Smollett during reported attack. He says he heard the racial slurs and scuffling on the phone. Moore was Smollett’s music manager. Sounds like he was in on it too!
The prosecution has implied that Jussie was unhappy with his salary and that the Empire producers were not taking threats against him as a gay man seriously. The defense claimed that Jussie Smollett was making $100-125 per episode of Empire in 2019 resulting in $2,250,000 a year. He was fine with that. So it wasn’t about money it was about attention. Or perhaps the threats he claimed he was getting for being a gay black man on the show.
I don’t see the point in covering this anymore. He doesn’t have a defense at all. He will be found guilty and get a slap on the wrist. The end.