Smollett’s Lawyer Blames a ‘Media Gangbang’ on His Getting Indicted on New Counts in Hate Crime Case

After “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on new counts for allegedly filing a false hate crime report, his lawyer defended him by blaming the ordeal on a “media gangbang” during a Friday night appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“I defy anybody to find any indictment anywhere where somebody has brought 16 counts for being a victim of a hate crime,” Mark Geragos began his bizarre defense of Smollett. He then attacked the police narrative that Smollett was unhappy with his wages:

“They have not talked to one person at Fox who has said he was dissatisfied with his money. They have not interviewed one person connected with the show ‘Empire’ who says he was dissatisfied with his money. They are the ones who started their internal investigation about the leaks because all of the information that was being leaked was false.”

That’s when things took an even stranger turn, as Geragos went on to complain that Smollett was being subjected to a “media gangbang”:

“What is happening here is, frankly, a media gangbang of this guy of unprecedented proportions. And that’s the reason I got into this. I’ve never seen a media pendulum swing more quickly and more viciously and rob somebody of their presumption of innocence like this case. It’s startling the way people assume that he’s guilty. He hasn’t been given one stitch of discovery. There isn’t one police report. Your package just said he paid $3,500. I’ve got the texts. Those texts — and they conceded that the check and the texts were for training. It wasn’t to pay anything! So I don’t understand where any of this comes from.”

“Isn’t it just weird that you get allegedly attacked by two people you actually know that have been on ‘Empire’ that, who you have actually worked out with, and you don’t recognize them?” Cooper pushed back.

“I haven’t seen one piece of evidence — and they don’t have one piece of evidence that they’ve turned over — that links Jussie to this,” Geragos replied.

Watch the exchange below:

While Geragos repeatedly stated he has seen no evidence that implicates Smollett, Chicago police have said otherwise. As IJR Red reported, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson recently indicated the amount of proof they have showing the actor’s accusation was a hoax.

“There’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet that does not support the version that he gave us,” he said. “There’s still a lot of physical evidence, video evidence, and testimony that just simply doesn’t support his version of what happened.”

Smollett was freshly indicted on Thursday on 16 new counts, which were made public Friday, related to the case in which he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime.

In addition to having been slapped with a single-count criminal complaint of filing a false police report last month, Smollett is now facing eight more counts related to his interview with a police officer on the day of the alleged incident and another eight counts stemming from his interview with another officer the same day.

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KhyberRifle
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Who knew media gangbangs were indiscriminate?! And here we thought they reserved their enmity for the real haters, the Trumpists, and anybody who might criticize Barry or Al Sharpton, or who seems unable to appreciate the deeper purposes of hoaxes.

Screwtape
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By the way, Gerago, you jumped-up ambulance chaser, using the term “gangbang” is dismissive and insulting of rape victims. Sexist, tone-deaf much? Or are you doing a Bernie Sanders, except with a Freudian slip?

Only Phyllis knows (or is deluded enough to think she does) the evil that lurks within the hearts of men. Or the groins of White, conservative, patriarchal, cis het men. Lamont Cranston would be jealous were he not as made up as her abilities.

Screwtape
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Hate crime usually refers to victimization by others. Here Smollett was both victim AND perpetrator. The actual victims are the city of Chicago, victims of genuine hate crimes, and, possibly, the crew and cast of Empire.

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