The New York Post is reporting that immediately after actor Jussie Smollett suffered from an alleged hate crime, he insisted to be interviewed on television. Smollett told police he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack.
A source who has knowledge of the bookings for “Good Morning America” (GMA) said Smollett was adamant he wanted to be interviewed on the show.
The source claimed Smollett shouted that he needed to be on television right away. The actor felt it was his duty, as a gay African American man, to interview immediately because society needed to hear his story. Continuing, the unnamed source addressed the incident involving Kim Kardashian and how she was a victim of a Paris burglary. Kardashian was so shaken by the incident, interviews were refused for months.
During Smollett’s Feb. 14 interview on “GMA”, he was tearful while discussing the attack. Smollett described how he was beaten on his head by two strangers who shouted: “This is MAGA country.”
Smollet claims on Jan. 29 two white men wearing ski masks attacked him, beating his head. They also poured an unknown chemical substance on him and put a noose around his neck.
It was later found that Smollett paid two extras from the “Empire” television show he appeared on to stage the assault. It was later revealed that the attack was rehearsed several days prior to the event.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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