Actor Jussie Smolletts attorney Tina Glandian suggested her clients alleged attackers might have worn whiteface, in a Thursday interview on NBCs “Today” show.
“You can put makeup on. … You know, I was looking up the brothers, and one of the videos that showed up actually was of the brothers in whiteface doing a joker monologue with white makeup on him. So, its not — its not implausible,” Glandian said, Mediaite reported.
Jussie Smolletts attorney is now suggesting the Nigerian brothers wore “whiteface” when they attacked Smollett.
“Obviously, you can disguise that, you can put makeup on…” pic.twitter.com/zzvrlmBydI
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 28, 2019
The Nigerian Osundairo brothers alleged the “Empire” actor, 36, hired them to attack him in order to stage a fake hate crime. After the alleged attack, Smollett told police at least one of the attackers had white or pale skin, according to Glandian.
Smollett was arrested and charged in February for allegedly filing a false police report, which claimed he was attacked, splattered with a chemical substance and put into a noose-like rope. The two attackers yelled, “This is MAGA country,” in the Jan. 29 attack, according to the actor.
Chicago police reportedly have photos of the Osundairo brothers and Smollett together in a car only days before the attack.
He was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in early March. Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct on March 14. The state, however, dropped all 16 charges against the actor Tuesday.
Confusion about why the state dropped charges as well as what happened during the alleged attack persists.
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