Jussie Smollett appeals conviction, calling for new trial for staging a hate crime against herself – as Fox Nation is about to release a five-part documentary about the hoax
- The Empire actor appealed the December 2021 conviction for committing an anti-gay, racist attack on himself and then lying to Chicago police
- In the new series from Fox Nation, the Osundairo brothers speak publicly for the first time since Smollett’s bizarre attack on himself.
Jussie Smollett has called for a new trial after being jailed for committing a hate crime against himself – as it was revealed, a new docuseries will be released about his elaborate deceit.
The Empire actor appealed the December 2021 conviction for committing an anti-gay, racist attack on himself and then lying to Chicago police.
During the police investigation, Chicago officers concluded that Smollett hired brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to carry out the crime against him. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail last year.
In the new series from Fox Nation, the Osundairo brothers speak publicly for the first time since Smollett’s bizarre attack on himself.
On Thursday, Smollett’s lawyers called for a new trial. In the 102-page call, they wrote, “Mr. Smollett’s constitutional rights to due process and due process have been denied by prosecution misconduct, including allegations that a defense witness was pressured to change his statement… and the shifting of the burden during closing arguments.”
Empire actor Jussie Smollett has appealed December 2021 conviction for committing an anti-gay, racist attack on himself and then lying to Chicago police
Brothers Abel and Ola Osunadairo, who were hired by the actor to attack him
Smollett was convicted in December of five charges of disorderly conduct for lying to police about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack he said was perpetrated by Trump supporters shouting “this is MAGA country.”
He told Chicago police he was accosted on a dark street by two masked strangers.
According to his account of the attack, the assailants threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him as they shouted racist and homophobic slurs and expressed support for then-President Donald Trump.
The two attackers were Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who are black.
The brothers, testifying in court, told the jury that Smollett hired them to fake the attack because he wanted to increase his notoriety.
Smollett later claimed that in the days before the stunt, when prosecutors claimed he and the brothers were rehearsing the attack, they actually got together to smoke marijuana.
Fox Nation releases their exclusive five-part docuseries ‘Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax’ on March 13
Jussie Smollett was found guilty of orchestrating and reporting a false hate crime against herself
Jussie Smollett raises his fist to proclaim his innocence as he is escorted to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Jail during his sentencing of committing an assault on himself in Chicago, March 10, 2022
Smollett shocked the court by claiming that he “kissed” and “masturbated” with Abimbola Osundairo while visiting a bathhouse.
The actor told the jury he thought the brothers staged the attack on him to try and scare him into thinking he needed bodyguards, and to give them the job.
In March 2022, three months after a jury found him guilty of disorderly conduct, a judge sentenced the actor to 150 days in prison.
Smollett was six days into his sentence when an appeals court ordered his release pending an appeal against his conviction and sentence.
The Osundairo brothers have since filed a defamation lawsuit, claiming that Smollett’s comments were part of an attempt to portray them as racist, homophobic, and violent men who actually attacked him.
Fox Nation will release their exclusive five-part docuseries “Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax” on March 13 — featuring interviews with brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo — who were part of an elaborate plot to commit a staged hate crime against Smollett.
They have never spoken to the media about their role in the hoax until now.
Jussie Smollett poses for a photo of a Cook County jail entry as he begins his sentence in Chicago, March 10, 2022