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Smollett's Attorney: Jussie Is The Victim Of a 'Media Gangbang'

The lawyer said he believed prosecutors have no evidence against Smollett

 on 9th March 2019 @ 9.00pm
smollet was indicted by a grand jury on friday on 16 felony charges relating to accusations he staged a  hoax  © press
Smollet was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on 16 felony charges relating to accusations he staged a 'hoax'

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney Mark Gergagos has said his client is the victim of a “media gangbang," claiming prosecutor has no evidence against him.

Smollet was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on 16 felony charges relating to accusations he staged a 'hoax' homophobic and racist against himself from 'Trump supporters.'

But Gergagos defended his client in an interview CNN host Anderson Cooper

“I defy anybody to find any indictment anywhere where somebody has brought 16 counts for being a victim of a hate crime,” Gergagos said.

the layer disputed that there was no police report against smollett © press
The layer disputed that there was no police report against Smollett

The lawyer said he believed prosecutors have no evidence against Smollett.

“What is happening here is frankly a media gangbang of this guy of unprecedented proportions, and that’s the reason I got into this,” Gergagos told Cooper.

“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.”

The layer disputed that there was no police report against Smollett, adding his client “hasn’t been given one stitch of discovery.”

He described the $3,500 allegedly paid to execute the hoax as being “training.”

“It wasn’t to pay anything!” he said.

“So I don’t understand where any of this comes from. He supposedly was dissatisfied. There’s no evidence of that.”

“Why would these two brothers … why did they attack Jussie Smollett using Trump language and a noose and all these things?” Cooper asked.

 smollett allegedly staged the attack because he was  dissatisfied  with the  1 million salary © press
Smollett allegedly staged the attack because he was 'dissatisfied' with the $1 million salary

“I haven’t interviewed them, but I will ask you this,” said Gergagos.

“Why is it if they did this … why weren’t they indicted?”

“But doesn’t it just seem weird to you that you get allegedly attacked by two people who you know, and you don’t seem to recognize them, even though you claimed you fought back and they ran away, and I believe initially Mr. Smollett said one of them was white, or they were white,” said Cooper.

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

“Yeah, but guess what?” Gergagos responded.

“I don’t know whether he made that statement but what I do know is when he was told that they have evidence against these two he refused to sign the complaint because he did not believe it.”

“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. What they do have is a whale of a case … a great case against the two brothers.”

Last month, we reported that Smollett allegedly staged the attack because he was "dissatisfied" with the $1 million salary he receives for acting on the TV show "Empire."

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference on Thursday that Smollett staged a hate crime because he wasn’t satisfied with the $1m a year he currently earns on the show and had been previously refused a pay rise.

[RELATED] Maxine Waters Can’t ‘Make Sense of’ Jussie Smollett Case, Despite Arrest

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