“No One Was Hurt”: Maxine Waters Says It Was “Correct Thing” To Drop Smollett Charges 

“he never committed a crime before” 

Source: “No One Was Hurt”: Maxine Waters Says It Was “Correct Thing” To Drop Smollett Charges | Zero Hedge

Despite the Chicago Police Superintendent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even comedian Chris Rock condemning Jussie Smollett for staging a hate-crime against himself, the Empire actor has at least one defender:

Maxine Waters

It’s the correct thing that the charges were dropped,” said the 80-year-old Democratic Congresswoman from California in a Sunday interview with Extra at the NAACP Image Awards.

“First of all, we probably will never know all of the details. We’ve heard a lot of information,” said Waters.

No one was hurt — that is, physically, killed, shot — he never committed a crime before, he forfeited the bail and it’s this kind of situation where they close the case all over the country every day. I have learned this isn’t unusual.

Smollett, 36, was charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police report after he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in which two men beat him, placed a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett later told police that the men shouted “This is MAGA country!” – a phrase the actor’s manager claims he heard as he spoke with Smollett on the phone during the ‘attack.’

The two men who conspired with Smollett are two Nigerian-born brothers and friends of the actor, who say Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. They were caught on video surveillance footage buying ski masks and black hats, while they later admitted to filling a hot-sauce bottle with the bleach that was thrown on Smollett. Of note, they also placed a noose around Smollett’s neck which he was still wearing when police arrived to his apartment later that evening.

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