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CNN's Don Lemon Was Advising Jussie Smollett, Actor Tells Jury

Added 12-07-21 12:20:03pm EST - “CNN anchor Don Lemon warned disgraced actor Jussie Smollett in 2019 that Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a hate crime, the actor revealed in court Monday.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “CNN's Don Lemon Was Advising Jussie Smollett, Actor Tells Jury”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CNN anchor Don Lemon warned disgraced actor Jussie Smollett in 2019 that Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a hate crime, the actor revealed in court Monday.

The former Empire actor told the court that, according to Lemon, the Chicago police did not believe Smollett's story. Lemon admitted in 2019 he had contacted Smollett "every day" following the attack but said nothing about his knowledge of the police investigation. On Monday night, the anchor discussed the trial on his show, Don Lemon Tonight. He did not respond to Smollett's testimony that he tipped the actor off about the investigation.

The news comes just days after CNN fired star anchor Chris Cuomo for using his position to help his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D.), combat allegations of sexual harassment. The network had suspended Cuomo after a New York attorney general report revealed the anchor worked with aides to unmask the governor's accusers and had probed other journalists about whether they were writing stories about the governor. Cuomo is reportedly preparing to sue the network to recoup financial losses from his now-terminated contract, which was worth $6 million annually.

Smollett, who is black and gay, told police in 2019 he was attacked by two white men wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who were shouting racist and homophobic slurs at him. He said the men beat him, drenched him in bleach, and left him on the ground with a noose around his neck.

Prominent Democrats, including many running as presidential candidates at the time, embraced the veracity of Smollett's story. Then-senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris called the alleged attack an "attempted modern-day lynching." And Joe Biden, who was also running for president at the time, denounced the alleged attack as a work of "hate," "homophobia," and "racism."

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