Not long after a grand jury charged Jussie Smollett with felonious disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the attorney who is representing the two brothers who claim the actor paid them to stage the attack on him had a message for the star.
Things are about to get really explosive, folks.
“I think that Jussie’s conscience is probably not letting him sleep right now, so I think he should unload that conscience and just come out and tell the American people what actually happened,” said Gloria Schmidt, the attorney representing Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, the two brothers who were brought in for questioning last week and have since reportedly provided evidence that they conducted the alleged hoax attack at Smollett’s direction.
“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” they said in a statement Thursday. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”
Schmidt made her statement just after the Osundairo brothers testified in front of a grand jury “for hours” Thursday, Chicago’s ABC7 reports. Just before 7 p.m. the grand jury charged Smollett with felonious disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, a charge that carries a one- to three-year prison sentence in Illinois.
CBS Chicago reported Wednesday that the brothers were ready to testify a day earlier, but a “last-minute phone call” from the defense temporarily put things on hold. The Osundairo brothers “were waiting outside the grand jury chambers at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday, just minutes from testifying, when the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office got a call from Smollett’s lawyers, claiming they may have new evidence,” CBS reports.
What exactly the new evidence is hasn’t been made clear.
This is so sad. Here’s a man who is enjoying one of the most lucrative opportunities America can provide for someone, is blessed to be on a popular show, and yet, for whatever reason, felt it necessary to garner attention for himself through such an awful incident.
Smollett knows this country is deeply divided right now, yet, here he is, adding to the problem instead of being the solution. It’s disheartening to think folks on the left would actually go this far to vilify folks they disagree with, just for the sole purpose of hating on the president.
Things are crazy.
Source: Daily Wire