Just when we thought we’d finally gotten to the bottom of the whole Jussie Smollett ‘assault’ incident, new evidence comes out that renews the initial confusion we all felt.
Smollett claimed that he was assaulted in the wee hours of the night on the streets of Chicago by two men who shouted homophobic and racist taunts at him. They also, reportedly, poured bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck.
From the first night, many people were doubting Smollett’s account of the incident, and when the evidence started pouring in, there were very few people left on Jussie’s side.
Then, last week, the grand jury made it official, indicting him on 16 counts, most having to do with allegedly false statements Smollett made to the police during the investigation.
Now with the new evidence, people are black to wondering if Jussie just might have been treated unfairly.
According to attorney Mark Geragos, he most definitely has. He says the media is responsible for Jussie being thrown under the bus and that he is a victim in the whole matter.
“Despite evidence, Jussie Smollett's lawyer claims the actor is victim of 'media gangbang' “
Now, we’re back to wondering which it really was: a hate crime or a hoax.
Now, TMZ is reporting that the check for $3500 that Smollett supposedly paid the Osundairo brothers to carry out the deed, was actually for something else!
“Ola and Abel Osundairo's attorney, Gloria Schmidt, spoke out on their behalf Monday on 'GMA,' confirming what TMZ first reported ... that the check was compensation for a training and nutrition program designed to get Jussie in shape for a music video shoot.”
Remember, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held a press conference on the day Jussie was arrested, stating ‘point blank’ that "Smollet paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago's reputation through the mud in the process."
The attorney presented the actual check with the memo line filled in with ‘set up nutrition/workout program.’ Well, I guess that settles it!
After all, no one would EVER write a false statement in the memo - not even if they were trying to conceal the real purpose of the payment, would they??
TMZ puts it this way, “So, you gotta wonder ... if the police got that detail wrong, what else did they get wrong? You can bet Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, will raise that issue.”
I guess this case isn’t quite done with all the drama. Stay tuned as the mystery continues to unfold.