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December 07, 2021

Juicy Smollier On Cross-Examination

From tweets by Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b). There is no video; Mr. Juicy Smolliet objected and would not permit cameras in the courtroom.

The Nigerian brothers are named Abel and Abimbola Osundairo. The latter is called "Bola" and sometimes "Ola." I've changed references to him to be "Bola," consistently.

Here's Juicy's testimony from yesterday.

Here's the cross examination today:

#JussieSmollett is retaking the witness stand now. Jason Meisner

Prosecutor Dan Webb is resuming his slightly folksy questioning, getting Jussie to admit that he drove around Lakeview with the Osundairo brothers, but deny that he recruited them in the hoax attack during the ride.

Smollett is answering in clipped tones. Leaning into the microphone as he says,"That’s what I said, yes." When asked about any hoax planning, he says "Absolutely not. That never happened."

Webb is working to an important point. If Smollett had picked up Abel to go workout, as he's testified, why did [Bola] get in the car, why did they drive all the way to Streeterville and just turn around and go back to the Osundairos' home?

In other words: If he was just working out with Abel -- as the lie goes -- he should just be in the car with Abel.

But, on the other hand, if he's going to do a "dry run" of the fake hate crime with both Abel and Bola, then he'd need both men.

And look at this -- he has both men, not just Abel.

Q: You got so stoned that you decided when you got to Streeterville you were too stoned to work out?

Smollett sounds slightly annoyed by the question. "No," he answers. "I've worked out many times high on weed. It certainly wasn't that."

Smollett says it was "weird" that Bola was with them and he had an interview set up so he decided to just scrap the workout plan.

He seems impatient with Webb's repeated questions about whether he's denying planning the hoax.

Webb shows surveillance video of Smollett's car circling the area where the attack occurred.

"You mean the intersection directly across from my garage?" Smollett retorts.
Webb tries to get him to agree he went past three times.

"I can’t tell you how many times it was," he says.

Webb: Do you have any reason to disagree with police testimony that you passed by the intersection three times?

Smollett: I don’t know. I circled around the block.

Webb: How long were you there?

Smollett: Well you have the surveillance, you have to tell me. It was three years ago

Seems like they're casing the area to check the cameras and find the right place for the Fake Hate Crime Hoax production.

Next they talk about Juicy sending Abel messages from Instagram as he was returning from NYC to Chicago -- keeping him apprised of when his plane was landing, so he would know when it was time for the Fake Hate Crime Production to take place.

Webb asks Smollett about Instagram messages sent to Osundairo from NYC.

A: Mr. Webb, all due respect you don’t understand Instagram.

Webb: Look at me. I’m old. I don’t understand Instagram. Just answer my question.

Smollett accuses Webb of "misrepresenting" things to the jury

Testy back and forth going on here, with Webb interrupting Smollett and asking the judge to strike his answers as non-responsive. Judge Linn tells Smollett to listen to the question and don't ad lib.

This is all over whether the Instagram messages were public or sent only to Bola

Juicy is claiming that he was sending updates about his travel progress to everyone so it was NBD if he also sent texts to Bola, right?

Webb shows him the next Instagram message: This is the second time you updated him about your flight status?

Smollett: Out of context, yes sir

Webb: I’m sorry, what?

A: Yes

Webb: Did you answer yes?

Smollett: Yes

Webb reads a text from Smollett with the word "n**ga" and Smollett stops him and asks him not to say it out loud, "out of respect for every African American in the courtroom."

That's rich. It was part of Smolliet's script of his Fake Race Crime Hoax to have that word repeated multiple times and he uses it all the time in his texts but now he's piously telling the prosecutor he's not allowed to read from his own text messages, "out of respect for every African American in the courtroom."

Webb apologizes, says why don't you read it instead. "Apology accepted but that’s been used a lot."

Another update message to Bola with the N-word. Webb says, "Why don you read it? I don’t want to mispronounce anything."

Smollett reads the text in question: "N---- finally made it just landed haha"

Smollett was attacked less than two hours later.

Continued below. We're now up to the attack.

Remember, for the attack, Smolliet first claimed his attackers were "white," and then, when it turned out they were very dark-skinned Nigerians, shifted this to "pale." His lawyer even suggested that perhaps they were wearing whiteface makeup during the attack.

Besides asking about why he misidentified dark-skinned men as "white," the prosecutor will also ask why he misidentified men he knew well as completely unknown strangers whose voices he failed to recognize.

We are now on to the attack. Webb asks if he's denying that Smollett told Osundairo to do it right at the intersection near his building at 2 a.m.

Smollett: I’m saying that that’s a bold faced lie, yes.

You just happened to be there?

A: It's difficult to answer with a yes or no

Webb and Smollett now squabbling over whether he really believed the Walgreens was open 24 hours.

Smollett: How would I know that, Mr. Webb? I was not frequenting Walgreens in the morning for eggs. ...I’m under the impression that drug stores are 24 hours.

The entire tone of this cross is 180 degrees from yesterday. Smollett is on the defensive, annoyed. Webb keeps pressing him about the eggs. Smollett launches into a lengthy answer about diet and cleanses and such.

Webb: "Sir do you even remember what my question was?"

Webb asks if there were any messages with Osundairo mentioning a workout the night of the attack.

Smollett: No, but there’s also no messages about an attack and I’m on trial for an attack that I didn't do.

Webb moves again to strike as non-responsive.

When Linn directs Smollett to answer the question, Jussie turns to the judge and says "I’m just concerned about answering yes or no."

"Please, please," Linn says. "It’s the same for all witnesses, it’s not personal to you. The lawyer asks questions, you answer them."

Webb: Didn't you recognize Bola's voice when he yelled out "Empire n-----" during the attack?

Smollett: In that moment, I’m not going to stop and say hey Bola is that you? It was an attack. It happened fast.

Webb: Do you doubt the Osundairo brothers' testimony that they're the ones seen on surveillance?

Smollett: I doubt every word that they say.

Webb: So is that them?

Smollett: I just don’t know. They’re liars, so.. they also said I had something to do with it and that’s not true.

So Smolliet is also claiming he doesn't necessarily believe these guys are the attackers -- maybe they're just making this elaborate lie up!

Smollett seems exasperated when asked if he testified his attackers "sounded" white.

"I never would say that they acted or sounded white." He says he made the "assumption" that they were.

"That would be racist to say that someone acted white or sounded white."

Again, the richness of this nasty race-baiting racist piously telling us what would or would not be "racist."

Webb still questioning Smollett on his description of one of his attackers as white. Smollett acknowledges he later changed that to "pale."

"I didn’t want to make the assumption that they were white. So I said let me change that and just say that they were pale skinned."

Smollett said it was the "responsible thing" to change his description. "They could’ve been a white person, they could have been a pale someone else."

Webb: Did you say 'white' to get more attention?

Smollett: You'd have to ask someone who actually did a fake hate crime.

Juicy's cover story is that he was only talking to Abel about arranging a workout.

That workout obviously never happened.

But surprise surprise -- Juicy never texted Abel to cancel the workout, and Abel never texted to say "Where are you? I thought we had a workout."

Almost as if they never scheduled a workout, because they had instead scheduled a Fake Hate Crime Hoax.

Very subtle but important point raised by Webb in all of this: After all their supposed planning over this delayed workout, there wasn't a single text message or call between Smollett and Osundairo the morning after the attack saying it had to be canceled.

Smollett upset after Webb asks him if "getting a few bruises" was really a big blow to his career.

"Mr. Webb, I have a scar under my eye that looks like a bag for the rest of my life," as well as a "black circle" on his face, Smollett retorts. "It’s absolutely a problem."

Webb then shows Smollett an image of him from the Robin Roberts interview a couple weeks after the attack. Smollett asks Webb if he knows what a Hollywood interview is like and that he was in makeup that "makes me look much better."

Webb's just letting him take the bait.

Webb appears to be done with his cross. We're on a quick break.

On The Five, Jesse Watters said that when asked if Juicy had done this for attention, Juicy had responded that, as an actor, he never sought attention.

The jury will get the case on Wednesday.

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