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Jussie Smollett: 'There Was No Hoax'

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Jussie Smollett took the stand in his defense in the fifth day of his trial in Chicago Monday—and he strongly denied staging a hate crime against himself in early 2019….
(Newser) – Jussie Smollett took the stand in his defense in the fifth day of his trial in Chicago Monday—and he strongly denied staging a hate crime against himself in early 2019. Last week, brothers Abimbola and Olabingo Osundairo—nicknamed „Bola“ and „Ola“ testified that the former Empire actor had orchestrated the attack, giving them $100 for supplies and telling them to injure him slightly and put a rope around his neck. But in his testimony Monday, Smollett supported the defense argument that the brothers might have attacked him because they wanted to scare him into hiring them as private security, the New York Times reports.

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