前者に対する裁判 “帝国” 俳優 始めた in Chicago as Smollett was brought in for jury selection. Smollett has been accused of lying to the police regarding an 申し立てられた racist and homophobic assault against him in January 2019. The crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to the crime and insisted that he was the victim of an assault by violent ドナルド・トランプ supporters. しかしながら, investigators later uncovered that Nigerian siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked with Smollett on “帝国,” were the perpetrators. The Osundairo brothers claim that Smollett paid them $ 3,500 to stage the attack.
スモレット, その間, claimed that the $ 3,500 was their pay for acting as his personal trainers.
In the immediate aftermath of Smollett’s alleged assault, 多数 有名人, 政治家, and reporters came out in support of the openly gay and Black actor.
One of the more notable examples of high-profile support came from “グッドモーニングアメリカ” co-host Robin Roberts. ロバーツ sat down with Smollett for his first interview following the alleged assault. Despite the attack still being investigated at the time, Roberts neglected to refer to the attack as “申し立てられた” and repeatedly defended the credibility of his story.
“That’s the first time he’s given a detailed account, an account that Chicago police have said that’s been consistent. He hasn’t changed his story and they also said it’s credible. The police have said that and also that he’s been very cooperative,” Roberts said at the time.
インタビュー中, Smollett continued to claim that he was attacked by White Trump supporters who shouted “This is MAGA country” at him while hurling racial slurs in the early hours of the morning. He also added that he believed this attack was due to his open criticism against President Trump.
“I come really really hard against 45. I come really really hard against his administration. I don’t hold my tongue,” 彼は言った, 追加する, “I can only go off of their words. というのは, 誰が言う, f—t Empire this MAGA country n—r’?”
Shortly after the interview aired, police apprehended the Osundairo brothers and announced the information they acquired had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”
“I’m a Black gay woman, he’s a Black gay man,” ロバーツは言った. “He’s saying that there’s a hate crime, so if I’m too hard, then my LGBT community is going to say, ‘You don’t believe a brother,’ if I’m too light on him, みたいです, 'ああ, because you are in the community, you’re giving him a pass.'”
Roberts has yet to comment on the trial.
カマラハリス副大統領, who was a senator at the time, called the alleged attack “attempted modern-day lynching” in a tweet after the news first emerged in 2019. She has yet to comment on the trial and has not deleted the tweet.