Disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett’s attorney suggested Thursday that the two Nigerian brothers who admitted to attacking him and taunting him with racial and homophobic slurs back in January — and allegedly because he had paid them to do so — did so while wearing “white face.”
Attorney Tina Glandian issued this bizarre suggestion in an attempt to explain to “Today” host Savannah Guthrie why Smollett had initially claimed he’d been attacked by two white Trump supporters who’d allegedly assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while yelling racial and homophobic slurs.
“According to the court records, Smollett was very clear with police on the night of the attack that his attackers were white. He said that they had masks on and gloves, but he saw their eyes, and he saw the skin surrounding their eyes. Was that a false statement?” Guthrie asked.
“He only saw one of the attackers,” Glandian replied. “One of them he didn’t see. He saw one through a ski mask. Again, he could not see their body. Everything was covered, and he had a full ski mask on except the area around the eyes. He did tell police that he from what we saw, he thought it was pale skin or white or pale skin. … And that’s why he initially did have a hard time.”
“Why did he say that? He could have said, ‘I don’t know.’ But if it’s the Osundairo brothers [who committed the alleged attack], what are the chances that that’s the case — that he saw somebody with light skin?” Guthrie said, referring to Nigerian brothers Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo.
Listen to Glandian’s bizarre reply below:
“Well, you know, I mean, I think there’s — obviously, you can disguise that,” she said. “You can put makeup on. There is, interestingly enough, a video. You know, I think police had minimal investigation in this case, it took me only five minutes to Google.”
“You know, I was looking up the brothers, and one of the videos that showed up actually was of the brothers in whiteface doing a ‘Joker’ monologue with white makeup on him. So, it’s not implausible.”
She meant a YouTube video that the brothers uploaded in 2016 that shows them playing out a scene from “Batman,” with “Abel” in particular dressed as the villain Joker.
Watch, and ask yourself whether the brothers’ “white face” get-up is believable:
If that’s what it means to wear so-called “white face,” then it’s unclear why Smollett wasn’t able to tell that he was being attacked by two black guys who were clearly wearing chalk on their face.
According to social media users, this “white face” defense is just another excuse/lie. And a lousy one at that, especially since it still doesn’t explain why Smollett wrote a $3,500 check to the brothers:
Doesn’t change the fact he paid them. Stupidity.
— janie (@janie27681734) March 28, 2019
Because when someone wears black face or white face its not obvious or anything.
— The Sad Clown (@JoePopstar) March 28, 2019
My dead goldfish can come up with a better lie..
— StubbornWave (@StubbornWave) March 28, 2019
How stupid do they think we are? …,Not as stupid as them??
— Sandy (@sandra8301) March 28, 2019
I was wondering how they would try to spin this. Didn’t expect a reach quite that absurd, but I should know better by now.
— Charity (@heycharity) March 28, 2019
Should have brought that up in the trial. Oh wait…
— Don Miller (@donaldjmiller) March 28, 2019
Though all the evidence corroborates the brothers’ claim that they were paid by Smollett to stage a hate crime attack on him, and though even local prosecutors have admitted they think the actor is guilty, earlier this week he was prematurely “acquitted” on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by the office of embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
“I do not believe he is innocent,” Foxx’s assistant, First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, told CBS News in an interview Tuesday, adding that, “yes,” he believes Smollett’s guilty. “Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence. Jussie Smollett is neither one of those.”
And so thanks to these priorities, the actor has essentially been left off the hook, though nearly everybody in America — including the president — acknowledges that he’s as guilty as sin. The only lone exceptions are his co-workers at the TV series “Empire” and his attorney.
Listen to Magats below:
Back to the discussion on “Today,” Guthrie then asked Smollett’s attorney why he hadn’t at least recognized the Osundairo brothers’ voices, given as they’d worked together before.
“People say this as if this is a regular interaction. I mean, if you’re walking in the street and somebody screams, you turn around and before you can even process what they look like, you’ve been punched in the face and now, next thing you’re on the floor and you’re been kicked, this is not a regular [interaction],” Glandian replied.
She got that right. Being attacked by two blacks guys in “white face” is definitely not regular …
“This is a very brief interaction, all of 30 to 45 seconds of your head being thrown around by punches,” she continued. This isn’t somebody who’s digesting what’s happening. There’s excitement and fear and all of these things happening.”
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