Ahead of his upcoming court appearance, Jussie Smollett granted a rare interview to Marc Lamont Hill and reiterated that the alleged assault he suffered in January 2019 was not a hoax. The former Empire actor claimed that there’s evidence to support his story and suggested that forces are working to keep the truth hidden.
Smollett said to Hill that he doesn’t believe the city of Chicago will ever stop going after him and is attempting to make an example out of him. The actor accused the police of preferring to win the case rather than solve it.
“They won’t let this go,” Smollett said. “You know what I’m saying? They won’t let this go. It doesn’t matter…The sad part is that there is an example being made of someone who did not do what they’re being accused of.”
He added that the police are willing to get people to lie in order to support their narrative. He also claims there’s video evidence of the alleged attack and there are two witnesses who can corroborate his story of what occurred before he was attacked. Smollett also alleged that the video footage that only shows the events leading up to the incident was doctored and that he was set up from the beginning.
The actor and singer concluded that he’s done trying to convince people and is optimistic that the will realize he was telling the truth. On Wednesday, the City of Chicago requested the FBI hand over its records about the Bureau’s probe into the alleged hate crime and what may have led up to it.
Marc Lamont Hill’s full discussion with Jussie Smollett can be viewed above.