Troubles for Jussie Smollett are just beginning as a juror asserts the panel immediately didn’t buy his hate crime claim while the City of Chicago and the Nigerian brothers are both preparing to sue over the costly hoax.
However, she shockingly contended, “It was not evenly split, but there were some doubters.” Even so, she stated that the jurors didn’t have major disagreements concerning Smollett’s guilt.
“All thought [they] were doing Jussie a favor when they chose to convict the actor of five, rather than six, counts of disorderly conduct,” the juror declared.
Obviously there’s a “woke” juror on Smollett case, there’s no other reason it would take them over 6 hours and still not have a verdict. Kamala probably bought off one of them 🤣
— Rosie Memos (@almostjingo) December 9, 2021
The jurors got hung up on the reasoning behind the sixth charge and why it was presented differently than the other ones.
“We were told it was an aggravated battery because he said they were wearing a mask,” the juror stated. But “in all [of Smollett’s] accounts of what happened, he mentioned a mask.”
The juror went on to note that Special Prosecutor Dan Webb was “methodical” and “plodding” in his arguments, virtually ensuring the case against Smollett was “seamless.” Smollett’s attorney on the other hand didn’t impress the jury.
Smollett’s defense weakly consisted of character witnesses and three and a half hours of direct examination. His attorney did not offer a motive for why the Nigerian brothers allegedly lied and that was one of the factors that heavily contributed to his guilty verdict. The brothers’ testimony convinced the jurors of Smollett’s guilt.
Despite Smollett’s lack of credibility, the jury found it difficult to convict him according to the juror.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. You’ve got the mother sitting there. You feel bad. We didn’t know what the penalty would be. Are we sending this guy to jail?” she commented. “I just hope that [Smollett and his attorneys] know that we went in there with an open mind.”
“I listened to both sides. We wanted to make sure that those who had doubts didn’t feel pressured,” she said.
Smollett’s legal team will try for an appeal but his lack of credibility combined with the fact that the jury seemed to feel right away he was guilty, does not portend a good outcome on that front for the actor.
Meanwhile, Smollett has other problems brewing, according to the Daily Mail.
The City of Chicago is suing him for $130,000. The Chicago Police Department had over two dozen cops who spent weeks investigating the hoax, logging 1,836 overtime hours in the process, according to a July 2019 legal filing. Following the star’s conviction, it is very likely the lawsuit will prevail.
“The City filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett to recover costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department investigating what the City believed to be Smollett’s false police reports that he was a victim of a hate crime,” a statement read. “While using a different standard of proof, the jury’s finding of guilt convicting Jussie Smollett of criminal charges stemming from the incident confirms that the City was correct in bringing its civil lawsuit.”
Nigerian brothers Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo are also claiming the case damaged their careers and reputations by asserting they were liars and that they were in a sexual relationship with Smollett. They are suing the actor’s attorneys. The suit was filed in 2019 but has been stayed pending the completion of Smollett’s trial.
“Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, which can result in 14 years of imprisonment,” the lawsuit contends. ‘”If the accused is married, the punishment is death by stoning. Ms. Glandian’s globally broadcasted statements that Bola Osundairo is homosexual endangers him and the lives of his Nigerian family.”
The brothers’ legal team is expected to file an update to the court by February 2. Their lawyers stated in August that “with regard to settlement, nothing has changed in the Plaintiffs’ position.”
It appears no one out there, in the end, believed Smollett was innocent:
LOL – Nobody did.
— . (@_iilii_i_iilii_) December 13, 2021
No one in the world did either
— Jeff Van Sloten (@JeffVS50) December 12, 2021
— Rosenørn Morten (@rosen_morten) December 12, 2021
No shit… pic.twitter.com/nZoAQcsIWU
— STRIKE FORCE 🇻🇨 🇨🇦 (@GENERALNATTY) December 12, 2021
Nor did the entire universe
— Mikey Skywalker (@skywalkermikey1) December 12, 2021
The following are those who bought Jussie Smollett’s hate crime claim:
— PardonMyFrench (@1PardonMyFrench) December 12, 2021
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