Just weeks after the alleged assault, two brothers who knew Smollett through the television show “Impero,” Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, detto polizia that Smollett actually paid them $ 3,500 to stage the whole thing.
The case has polarized the nation due to the politically and racially charged nature of the alleged hoax, and Americans nationwide will be watching intently to see if Smollett defends himself by taking the witness stand, a move that defense attorneys and prosecutors tell Fox News could make or break the case.
Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney with more than 150 trials under his belt, said that he normally does not advise his clients to testify, but it might be necessary for Smollett, a Black gay man, to testify in this case.
“I think this is one of those rare cases where he might have to take the witness stand. He’s an actor, so he has an advantage over almost anyone who is going to take the witness stand. He knows how to portray characters, so he’d be playing the role potentially of a person who has been victimized by the prosecution repeatedly, and someone who has suffered a vicious attack,” Eiglarsh told Fox News Digital.
“If he wasn’t a good actor, I’d say it might be too risky, but he’s an excellent actor. That’s what he does for a living.”