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During a CNN segment about the Jessie Smollett case on Monday, one guest seemed more critical of the police than of the Hollywood actor who the evidence suggests perpetrated a hate crime hoax.

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“The issue is that this is a terrible situation that Jussie has told police had happened. The other issue is that there have been so many leaks to different media from the police that, now, none of us really know what is the full and total way that these events have gone,” Forbes contributor Adrienne Gibbs said.

The evidence strongly suggests that Smollett hired two Nigerian actors to stage a fake hate crime.

“So at this point I’m personally feeling and the people I’ve interviewed have echoed this as well, that we just need some charges to come forward, need the police to come forward, put a name to it, and to say whatever it is or whatever it isn’t,” Gibbs continued.

The Chicago Police Department has made it clear that Smollett was not a victim of any crime.

“Given that Chicago police have had kind of an interesting history with people of color, it’s just a really tough thing,” the Forbes contributor concluded, adding that she stands with Hollywood producer Ava DuVernay, who over the weekend had tweeted that the CPD shouldn’t be trusted.

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DuVernay’ theory is that the CPD may be the ones lying.

Just to be clear, even the Hollywood producer’s own Twitter followers think her theory is silly.

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Smollett claimed in late January that two men had assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs and shouting, “This is MAGA country!” FYI, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931.

According to TMZ, Smollett also claimed that the suspect was white. The dubious description of the alleged attack provided to local authorities by him led the left to assume the perpetrators were racist white supporters of President Donald Trump and that Trump was therefore to blame.

It’s since been learned that the actor most likely staged the attack with the help of two Nigerian actors whom he’d hired. Local authorities haven’t reached a definite conclusion yet in part because of Smollett’s stubborn refusal to meet with them for an interview, as noted Monday by CNN host Brooke Baldwin’s other guest, Philadelphia magazine columnist Ernest Owens.

“That’s going to require Jussie to step forward, you know,” he said, responding to Gibbs’ complaint that the police need to conclude their investigation and announce their results.

“I’m a journalist and for me accountability starts with the person who’s calling out the shots. He got on ‘Good Morning America.’ He gave us this sob story and now all of a sudden he doesn’t want to cooperate with police today after an entire weekend. Where they do that at? I’m looking at it with a side eye. All this information is coming forward, and now all of a sudden he doesn’t want to cooperate with police. He redacted information and phone messages.”

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

After Smollett first reported the incident late last month, he refused to hand over his phone records. He eventually acquiesced to the authorities’ demands but only gave them a “heavily redacted” version of his phone messages. Why would an innocent man behave like this?

An innocent man wouldn’t, which is why Owens is certain Smollett is guilty — and that instead of refusing to cooperate (or trash-talk the police, as Gibbs did), the actor needs to man-up.

“I’m just trying to figure out where is the confusion here,” he said, referencing Gibbs’ attempt to muddy the waters. “He needs to cooperate with police, come clean and fall back.”

Social media users agree:

Last week Smollett hired the same attorney used by notorious liar and conman Michael Cohen.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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