Jussie Smollett's defense attorney says he is a “real victim” of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago in January 2019


Opening opening arguments arguments have have been been heard heard in in the the Jesse Jesse select select case case prosecutors prosecutors have have told told Chicago Chicago jury jury jussie jussie Smollett Smollett had had gotten gotten some some hate hate mail mail but but the the producers producers on on the the hit hit show show empire empire did did not not take take it it as as seriously seriously as as he he wanted wanted them them to to so so they they say say he he concocted concocted a a stage stage beat beat down down and and listing listing the the help help of of a a pair pair of of brothers brothers who who work work with with them them on on the the show show special special prosecutor prosecutor Dan Dan Webb Webb telling telling the the jury jury in in opening opening statements statements reporting reporting the the fake fake hate hate crime crime became became a a real real crime crime in in part part because because Chicago Chicago police police spent spent about about three three thousand thousand hours hours on on the the investigation investigation for for their their part part the the defense defense insists insists that that smoke smoke was was a a real real victim victim of of a a real real crime crime defense defense attorney attorney named named Nate Nate Luce Luce telling telling the the jury jury that that the the brothers brothers a a tax tax bill bill that that because because they they didn't didn't like like him him and and that that there there was was a a third third attack attack or or involved involved I'm I'm Oscar Oscar wells wells Gabriel Gabriel

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