As stand-up comedy legend Dave Chappelle would call him, “French actor” Jussie Smollett is in the news again. Unfortunately for the former “Empire” actor, it’s not good news.
Smollett appeared at the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago on Monday and plead not guilty to a new six-count indictment charge. The charges against Smollett were raised for his alleged false reporting of a hate crime he claims was carried out against him in late January of 2019.
As I reported earlier this month:
This entire drama stems from January 2019, when Smollett claimed to Chicago police that he had been the victim of a verbal and physical hate crime at the hands of two supporters of President Donald Trump. Smollett claimed that while he was walking back from a Subway sandwich shop at 2 a.m. in the business district of Chicago while it was below zero outside, two men wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats approached him, spewed racial and homophobic epithets at him, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and yelled, "This is MAGA country!”
According to previous reports, the two Nigerian brothers - who also appeared at the courthouse on Monday - that allegedly helped Smollett’s hoax attempt have agreed to testify against the 37-year-old actor in a trial.
“They have no ill will towards Mr Smollett. They really feel like their role in this now is to be honest about what they know," Osundairo brothers attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez told the Daily Mail. "They hope he [Smollett] can be honest about what he knows.”
Here's video of Smollett at the courthouse: