The Jussie Smollett story continues …

Do you believe him?  Or did he make up the Story?

Judge Linn called Mr. Somoll’s hours on the witness stand, during which He Denied Planning the attack, “pure perjury” (source: NYTimes 3/17/22 pgA24)  pûr′jə-rē   The crime of willfully and knowingly making a false statement about a material fact while under oath.

Support for …

What BLM Has Said In Support Of Jussie Smollett?

BY EMMA MAYER ON 3/11/22 AT 11:52 AM EST

https://www.newsweek.com/what-blm-has-said-support-jussie-smollett-1687224

“So let’s be clear: we love everybody in our community. It’s not about a trial or a verdict decided in a White supremacist charade, it’s about how we treat our community when corrupt systems are working to devalue their lives,” said Melina Abdullah, who is currently director of BLM Grassroots, a “Defund the Police” group.  Abdullah said members of the BLM and Defund the Police movements “can never believe police,” especially the Chicago Police Department, over a Black man like Smollett.  Smollett is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police by filing a false police report about the alleged hate crime attack.

“This is a racist hate crime and is disgusting and shameful to our country,” tweeted pop singer Katy Perry.

Mindy Kaling

I am disgusted and horrified to hear of the Nomophobic and Racial attack on Jussie Smollett last night. Unfortunately, these hateful attacks happen way too often. We must call out and hold those accountable. Sending love to you, Jussie.

“No one could be that hurtful? To stage this? Right? To fuck with all of us by playing into our weaknesses & make it even harder for victims to come forward?! No one could choose to be that hurtful? Right?! RIGHT?” a perplexed Alyssa Milano asked.

Jussie Smollett had celebrity support from these stars after alleged attack

Source:  https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/celebs-support-jussie-smollett

Terrence Howard

“Sorry you feel that way but that’s the only Jussie I know,” he posted. “The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved.”

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson played Smollett’s mother on ‘Empire’.

“I know him and I know his track record,” the actress said. “I’m not going to jump on clickbait just because someone says something derogatory about a person I know and love. I’m not easily swayed like that. Those little clickbait [reports] weren’t enough to deter me from his immaculate track record. I know the type of activism this young man does in his community, I know that he’s a giver – he’s not an attention-seeker.”

Actor O’Shea Jackson Jr.

“I stand by what I say always. I felt for him when the attack happened and the current reports have made me feel like I was being played. Straight up,” he wrote early Thursday following reports that authorities approved felony criminal charges against the “Empire” star.

When Smollett was officially classified as a suspect, Jackson Jr. appeared to be shocked, tweeting, “Nooooo waaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO POLICE CLAIM HE’S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison. However, experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and per

Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, two brothers, told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling the press, “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.”

Email  TPugh@breenpughlaw.com

Todd S. Pugh, The Monadnock Building,  53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1215, Chicago, Illinois 60604

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Hate crime hoaxer and disgraced actor Jussie Smollett was eviscerated by Judge James Linn during his sentencing hearing on Thursday. Check out nine devastating quotes from the judge who sentenced Smollett to 150 days in Cook County jail.

“You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be a victim of a hate crime, and that’s shameful,” Judge Linn told Smollett during the sentencing on Thursday.

“Your very name has become an adverb for ‘lying,’ and I cannot imagine what could be worse than that. People talk about situations where somebody’s lying and trying to manipulate — and your name comes up: ‘Pulling a Jussie,’ something like that. That’s awful.”

“You’re the butt of jokes. Comedians, mainstream talk show hosts, they make jokes about you,” Judge Linn said. “They do sketches about you. I can’t imagine anything worse than that. And this is all self-inflicted. These are things you did to yourself.” “You’ve become toxic in your own workplace,” the judge added.

“Your career future is uncertain at very best. It was really on a rocket ship to success, and now you’ve turned yourself into riches to rags.”

“Your performance on the witness stand, this can only be described as pure perjury,” Judge Linn said. “You committed hour upon hour upon hour of pure perjury.”

“The officer asked, ‘What happened?’ And then you start to lie. And you haven’t stopped lying ever since. You’ve been lying, and lying, and lying about this case, and that’s why you’re here today,” Judge Linn said.

“You really craved the attention — you wanted to get the attention, and you were so invested in issues of social justice, and you knew that this was a sore spot for everybody in this country,” the judge added.

“There is nothing that I will do here today that can come close to the damage you’ve already done to your own life,” Judge Linn said. “You turned your life upside down by your misconduct and shenanigans.”

“You destroyed your life as you knew it, and there’s nothing that any sentencing judge can do to you that can compare to the damage that you’ve already done to yourself,” the judge added.

Judge Linn sentenced Smollett Thursday to 150 days in Cook County jail, 30 months of probation, pay a restitution of $120,106, and a fine of $25,000.