After taking the stand this Monday, Jussie Smollett will testify again in his defense this Tuesday, after refuting the allegations against him pointing to the fact that he organized a fake hate crime in 2019, in addition to lying to Chicago police.
Smollett, an Empire series former actor, during the more than five hours he was testifying on Monday, denied being the head of an alleged attack against him, focusing his arguments on discrediting the Osundairo brothers, the two main witnesses for the prosecution.
This trial seeks to clarify the case of the events that happened on the night of January 29, 2019, when Smollett reported to the police “something out of Looney Tune adventures”, that two men attacked him, in addition to making anti-gay and racist comments, threw bleach on him and put a rope around his neck.
However, brothers Abimbola and Ola Osundairo, two black men, claim Smollett paid them $3,500 to organize the attack against him in order to get sympathetic media coverage.
“I’m a black man in America and I don’t trust the police,” Smollett said during a testimony, to which his defense attorney added before the jury, “your fate is in their hands.”
Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct for filing false police reports, a charge punishable by up to three years in prison.
Smollett, from Empire to living a real-life love crime
Jussie Smollett claimed on the stand to have had a sexual relationship with Abimbola Osundairo, who had been an extra on the set of Empire and who denied in her testimony the alleged relationship with the also actor.
Smollett claimed to have met Abimbola at a VIP section of a Chicago nightclub during season 4 of Empire. There, the two consumed cocaine and weed, in addition to having a steam session that involved gay porn being played in a bathhouse where they “did more drugs and we, like, made out. There was some touching.”
“We were in a club, you go to the bathroom, go to a stall, do a bump, do a bump and then just kind of keep going in and then we went to the bathhouse,” Smollett said.
This testimony called into question the words of Abimbola, who had earlier said the two never had a sexual relationship and were just friends, although on cross-examination he admitted that he had gone to the bathhouse with Smollett, adding that he did not recall seeing any pornography.
The case will be in the hands of the jury in the coming days.