Defense Calls for Mistrial in Jussie Smollett Case, Accuses Judge of ‘Snarling’ during Cross-Examination

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court in Chicago, Ill., March 26, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Chicago, Ill. — The second brother accused of conspiring with former Empire star Jussie Smollett to stage a racist and homophobic attack against him in 2019 told a jury Thursday that he agreed to participate because Smollett was a friend of his brother’s “and also to curry favor” with the successful actor, who might have been able to help him with his own fledgling acting career.

Olabinjo Osundairo called Smollett’s plan to make it look like he was attacked by two supporters of former president Donald Trump a “crazy idea” but agreed to participate anyway.

Smollett’s defense tried to paint Osundairo as an

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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