Jussie Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian offered an explanation as to why the “Empire” star said his alleged attackers were white while also dismissed President Trump’s announcement that the FBI and the Justice Department will review the “outrageous” decision to drop charges in the actor’s case.
Glandian told “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie on Thursday that Smollett did not lie when he told police he believed his alleged attackers were white because they were possibly wearing white makeup to disguise themselves.
Smollett previously told police he was attacked by two men wearing ski masks on Jan. 29 and he could make out they had “pale or white skin” around their eyes. According to police, Smollett hired Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage the hate crime but Smollett has maintained this to be false and his charges were dropped on Tuesday.
Glandian said on “Today” that when Smollett was told by police his attackers were the Osundairo brothers, whom he knew from the set of “Empire,” he was shocked.
“He did tell police that from what he saw, he thought it was white or pale skin, that’s what he initially said,” Glandian said before adding, “Obviously, you can disguise that. You can put makeup on.”
She then pointed to a 2016 YouTube video of Abel Osundairo wearing white makeup on his face to dress up as the Joker.
“There’s a video, it took me all of five minutes when I was looking into the brothers, to of one of the brothers in whiteface doing the Joker monologue,” Glandian explained.
When pressed if Smollett will put pressure on police to arrest the Osundairo brothers, Glandian said the actor wants to “move on.”
“I think in light of what he’s been through the last two months, he really, just you know, he’s told me numerous times, ‘I don’t even care what happened, I want to move on,'” Glandian told Guthrie.
SOURCE: Sasha Savitsky | Fox News