Jussie testified on his own behalf Monday. Smollett was annoyed that the security camera was pointed in the wrong direction to pick up the attack.
When asked why he refused to hand his phone over to the police
, Jussie said he
"declined to give his phone to CPD in part because earlier he’d gotten a text from Don Lemon ‘saying he’d gotten a text from CPD saying they don’t believe me.'"
Lemon, while the story was ongoing in 2019, admitted to having a casual friendship with the actor AND that he texted him. The rub is he said he texted Jussie just to see how he was holding up. "My media sources tell me the police don't believe you" when you work for a network reporting on a hate crime that may not have been a hate crime is something entirely different. Even though Lemon's colleagues in the corporate media think he was just doing good journalism.
This is a lie. Lemon texted Smollet, saying the police don't believe his story. He was giving him a warning, not asking for an interview. That isn't journalism.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoePCunningham)
December 7, 2021
"Okay Brodigan, now do Fox News when Sean Hannity helps
I don't have to do Fox News when Sean Hannity helps Donald Trump. CNN DOES FOX NEWS when Sean Hannity helps Donald Trump.