UPDATED 11:10 AM PT — Thursday, March 28, 2019
There is another bizarre twist in the Jussie Smollett case as the actor’s attorney claims the two Nigerian brothers, who said they were paid by the actor to attack him, may have been dressed in white face.
During an interview Thursday, defense attorney Tina Glandian claimed her client only saw one of his alleged attackers because the other one was wearing a ski mask. Gladian admitted Smollett told police he was attacked by two white men, but suggested one of his alleged attackers could have had their face painted white.
Smollett’s attorney went on to say she believes her client has been victimized throughout this entire process and claimed he is innocent.
Meanwhile, President Trump sounded off on the case after prosecutors decided to drop state charges against the “Empire” actor despite compelling criminal evidence. The president took to Twitter Thursday to announce the Department of Justice and FBI will review the “outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.” The president called the case “an embarrassment to our nation.”
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
This comes after Smollett was cleared of 16 felony charges for allegedly staging a hate crime attack on himself. Evidence of why the charges were dropped in the case is also expected to remain sealed.