Smollett’s two-day testimony saw him admitting to having drugs with Bola Osundario and getting into a brawl with prosecutor Dan Webb over his use of the N-word.
During the last two days of intense courtroom testimony, Jussie Smollett faced questions from her defense team and prosecutors.
The former “Empire” actor said in no uncertain terms that he did not plan the alleged hate crime attack against him, calling the allegations “100% false”, despite brothers Abimbola and Olabingo Osundaro previously testifying.
From confessing to having done drugs with Smollett Osundaro to engaging in a dispute with prosecutor Dan Webb over his use of the N-word, here’s a look at Smollett’s explosive two-day testimony:
Smollett Testifies He ‘Made Out’ Drugs With Osundairo Siblings
Smollett began his time on the stand on Monday, explaining that Bola Osundaro had previously testified, explaining that the first night they met, they did drugs together and then Bola took them to a gay bathhouse where he ” Make.”
His description of the events was contrary to what Bola had previously testified, which was that he was not homosexual and that their relationship was not sexual in nature.
Jussie Smollett Testifies He Took Drugs With Osundiro Sibling, ‘Made Out’: Live Updates
Smollett admitted to doing drugs with the brothers, not something he often imposed on her, but often paying Bola about $200 for cocaine. Bola has previously said that he did not sell the drugs to Smollett, but only acquired them for him.
The Osundaro brothers testified that during the mock attack Smollett asked them to shout “This is MAGA country” – a phrase that Smollett’s former music manager Brandon J. Moore testified during a phone hearing with the actor during the alleged assault. , when he was questioned by the Smollett defense team weeks ago.
Moore said that Smollett then told him over the phone, “I just jumped up.”
Despite the brothers’ recollection of their relationship with Smollett, the actor has maintained his innocence and has argued in court that his association with the Osundario brothers was only allegedly communicated to Smollett by “Empire” producer Lee Daniels. was that he was overweight and Smollett further stated that he intended, according to Granthshala News’ Matt Finn, to use the Osundario brothers’ training regimen to lose weight for a music video.
Smollett testifies to correspondence with CNN’s Don Lemon during CPD investigation
Day’s testimony recalled Smollett receiving a text message from CNN’s Don Lemon—under oath—believed that the Chicago Police Department didn’t believe his account of what had happened.
CNN’s Don Lemon refrains from mentioning court testimony that he shut down Jussie Smollett about police
Webb begins his cross-examination of Star before the court ends on Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Smollett compares alleged fraud attack to ‘Looney Tunes’ type of chaos
At the time, Smollett compared the alleged cheating test to the “Looney Tunes” type of chaos when he was attacked.
When asked why he initially didn’t realize he had a noose during the attack, Smollett said, “Because I was getting my A-Hoop.”
Asked why he didn’t call the police after the incident, Smollett said on the stand, “I’m a black man in America and I don’t trust the police.”
Webb also asked Smollett why he refused to provide a DNA sample or phone record to police. The actor cited privacy concerns, but prosecutors are trying to make the case that he is afraid to provide police with information that could prove he worked with the Osundaro brothers in the attack. .
Smollett also testified that an interview he gave to “Good Morning America” was heavily edited.
“Every breath, every feeling is chopped up, so you can’t really understand it,” Smollett said of the sit-down conversation.
Smollett says ‘there was no hate crime’
During his explosive testimony, Smollett said that he became angry with Chicago police after Smollett supposedly told him that his attackers were donning a red MAGA hat, “I never said that.”
Jussie Smollett, the ‘real victim’ of the Chicago attack, argues
Webb also asked Smollett if he remembered the Northwestern doctor—who was a witness called by Smollett’s own lawyer—saying that Smollett had suffered no injuries.
According to Matt Finn of Granthshala News, Smollett said, “I have a scar under my eye that hasn’t healed… my injuries were real.” “I remember him saying that the facial injuries were real…”
Asked if he was concerned that the police would look into the all-important communication he had with Osundaro on Smollett’s phone, which would indicate that a hate crime was hatched, Smollett pressed hard. ; “There was no hate crime hoax from my point of view.”
Smollett scolded prosecutor for using N-word while quoting his private messages
Tuesday’s events saw the actor engage in belligerent jokes with Webb as the prosecutor read out Instagram messages—some of which included the use of the N-word—that Smollett exchanged with Bola Osundaro and traced Bola to his whereabouts. Updated on and informed about flight delays at night. of the attack, making the case that he was working with her for the timing of the planned attack.
Smollett took umbrage with Webb using the N-word during his text of direct messages and interrupted the prosecutor by asking him to spell or abbreviate the word so as not to offend “every African American in this room”. Do it.
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This was when Webb welcomed Smollett to read his own messages in court but ensured that he would not censor quotes from the actor’s messages. Smollett complied and the two moved on.
The web call throughout the remainder of the cross-examination saw key details of Smollett’s story of both the night of the attack and the alleged dry run, with Smollett denying that he had anything to do with the Osundaro brothers, referring to both siblings. Doing “false.”
Smollett’s defense was allowed to be redirected before concluding his testimony, during which the actor’s lawyer, Nenny Uche, focused on Instagram messages that Webb allegedly helped prove he spoke. Osundaro up-to-date on his whereabouts on the night of the attack. He would know when and where to find it.
Smollett said “tons” of his followers responded to an Instagram Story he posted about his flight delays and the upcoming Polar Vortex in Chicago, which automatically starts a private message conversation on the app .
Jussie Smollett testifies to receive text from CNN’s Don Lemon during Chicago police attack investigation
Uche also focused on Smollett’s allegation that the brothers reached out to him after the attack and tried to extort $1 million in exchange for telling police that they had not planned to commit fraud. Under another redirect from the web, Smollett noted that the brothers did not contact them personally about the money, but did so through their representatives through their lawyers.
It was then that Smollett ended his time on the witness stand and court for the day ended.
Smollett walks out of the courthouse, waving his fist in the air
Smollett then exited the courthouse – hand in hand with family members – to a group of journalists and photographers cruising around an SUV parked outside.
After a controversial court testimony and cross-examination, the artist appeared calm as he helped his mother into the waiting vehicle.
“Thank you for being respectful, all of you,” said Smollett to the gatherers. “appreciate it.”
Granthshala News’ Matt Finn asked Smollett what the actor was thinking as he exited the courthouse – Smollett responded by flicking his fist in the air.
Smollett has been charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for lying to police by filing a false police report about the alleged assault – one count for each time he gave a report to three different officers.
A Class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said Smollett will likely be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service if convicted.
Granthshala News’ Tyler McCarthy and Matt Finn contributed to this report.