“Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s lawyers still insist he’s innocent, but many people in America are pretty sure that a massive hoax was played on them.
Late last month, the openly gay black actor claimed he was attacked in the middle of the night in Chicago by two white President Trump supporters who recognized him from “Empire,” shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him, and yelled “This is MAGA country!” while physically assaulting him, pouring bleach on his head, and looping a rope around his neck.
The nation rallied around Smollett, decrying the alleged assault on him. Now police sources are saying that the attack appears to be staged by Smollett and two Nigerian “Empire” extras.
One Nigerian-American, in particular, thinks Smollett owes all of us a big apology.
TMZ caught up to comedian Godfrey Danchimah Jr., best known by his stage name Godfrey, outside the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Tuesday.
“I don’t know what he was thinking, but it’s kind of an embarrassing thing,” Godfrey said when asked about the Smollett case. “And me being Nigerian, he used two Nigerians to do it, so as I Nigerian, I was like, ‘How could he do this to me?’ The Nigerians are very angry.”
“I don’t know if he has a mental problem or whatever, but it’s not looking good for him,” he continued. “And it took place in Chicago, 30 below. Crime stops when it’s 30 below. And why would some Republicans that are MAGA fans be watching ‘Empire’?”
Asked if he thinks Smollett owes Trump supporters an apology, the comedian replied, “He owes them an apology, he owes everybody an apology. He owes the black community an apology, he owes the gay community an apology because it looks like he’s lying.”
“When it first happened, I was like ‘Yo, we need to go get these dudes, man!’” he admitted. “Because, it’s like, you put a noose over your neck. Because nowadays with all this racial sensitivity, it’s too sensitive, and so we reacted and we were ready to fight for this guy. “
“And then his story started looking a little shady,” Godfrey added. “I don’t know. I think they guy’s career is done.”
Asked what a suitable punishment would be for Smollett if he staged the attack, the comedian replied, “His career is done. That’s going to be his fitting punishment. He’s done.”
“The empire has crumbled. You’re done.”
Watch the brief interview below:
Meanwhile, the Chicago Police are officially naming Smollett as a suspect in the alleged attack and say he faces a felony if he filed a false police report.
Smollett is beefing up his high-profile legal team with another very high-profile attorney Mark Geragos, according to CBS Chicago. Geragos has represented celebrities like Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Sean “Diddy’ Combs, and Chris Brown.