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Jussie Smollett testifies at his trial, saying he did not stage a hoax attack

Added 12-06-21 06:07:01pm EST - “Two brothers have already told the court that Smollett orchestrated a hoax to get publicity, instructing them to place a noose around his neck and yell homophobic slurs.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Jussie Smollett testifies at his trial, saying he did not stage a hoax attack ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives on Monday with his mother Janet at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day five of his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives on Monday with his mother Janet at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day five of his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett denied Monday that he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in downtown Chicago, testifying at his trial that "there was no hoax."

Smollett took the stand at his trial on charges he lied to Chicago police about the attack in an attempt to refute damaging testimony from two brothers last week. They said Smollett, who is gay and Black, orchestrated the January 2019 hoax to get publicity, giving them $100 for supplies and instructing them to place a noose around his neck and yell homophobic slurs. They also said Smollett gave them a $3,500 check to carry it out.

But Smollett said he wrote the $3,500 check for nutrition and training advice from one of the brothers, Abimbola Osundairo, while he was going to be out of town, not as payment for Osundairo and his brother to carry out the attack. Asked by his defense attorney if he gave Osundairo payment for some kind of hoax, Smollett replied: "Never." He also said "absolutely not" when asked if he gave Osundairo and his brother $100 to pay for supplies for the hoax.

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