“I imply, actually, … his protection ought to have really pleaded madness – and I might have purchased it,” Owens advised Tucker Carlson. “Once you hearken to the story and … comply with each aspect … Jussie Smollett just isn’t a sane individual.”
The previous “Empire” actor faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct associated to allegedly making a false report back to police a couple of hate crime assault, in response to prosecutors.
In January 2019, Smollett advised legislation enforcement that he was attacked by folks within the wee hours of the night time who yelled “That is MAGA nation,” a reference to former President Donald Trump‘s marketing campaign slogan.
His household released a statement shortly after saying they believed the assault to be motivated by racism and homophobia. “[O]ur beloved son and brother … was the sufferer of a violent and unprovoked assault … this was a racial and homophobic hate crime … Jussie has advised the police all the things from the very starting. His story has by no means modified, and we’re hopeful they may discover these males and produce them to justice,” they mentioned.
The actor, 39, denied the allegations from prosecutors on the stand Monday and mentioned “There was no hate crime hoax from my standpoint.”
“No person believes this,” Owens mentioned about Smollett’s protection at trial. “No person believes this however Jussie and the those who need him to get off. His answer is, I advised, a very huge lie – so I am simply going to inform a good larger mislead attempt to get away with it.”
Chicago police discovered two individuals of curiosity of their investigation – Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. The brothers testified in courtroom beforehand that Smollett allegedly paid them $3,500 to stage a hate crime.
Smollett denied the accusation and mentioned he gave them the verify for well being and health recommendation, in response to The Associated Press.
“Simply think about if the races had been reversed,” Owens mentioned. “Think about if [someone who is White] pretended that two Black males had attacked them. What would the media be saying proper now? What can be the fees? What can be the calls for proper now? That is extremely racist … [and] meant to trigger racial division on this nation. On the finish of the day, he will get a light-weight faucet on the wrist if he even will get that.”