Jussie Smollett's Attorney Faces Defamation Suit

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    The Facts

    • A federal judge has ruled that 2 witnesses in the Jussie Smollett case can sue the actor's attorney for defamation.

    • Tina Glandian, Smollett's lawyer, suggested on the Today show in 2019 that Smollett believed he had been the victim of a racially motivated attack because his attackers may have been in whiteface. The court later found the actor had paid the men to help stage a hate crime against himself.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    Smollett hoaxed his hate crime for publicity. His charlatanism was designed to slander former President Trump's politics and he continues to use racism as an excuse to avoid responsibility for his actions.

    Left narrative

    The actor's actions were disgraceful, but they shouldn't be allowed to distract from the fact that hate crime is very real and happens far too often. Now that the truth is out and punishment has been given, we must bury the case and move on.

    Political split



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