- In a live video on Instagram posted Monday, Cardi B said that she is “really disappointed” in Jussie Smollett.
- Cardi’s post came after this weekend’s reports that Smollett may have paid two men that he knew to stage the alleged attack.
- In the Instagram video, Cardi said that she will try her best to give Smollet the benefit of the doubt. “Until he says out of his mouth that it was fake and this s–t was staged, I don’t want to completely blame him because … police in Chicago are racist, so they might probably try to frame him and make him look like he’s a liar,” she said.
- Smollett has denied that the attack was orchestrated – personally on “Good Morning America” – and also via his attorneys.
In an Instagram Live video on Monday, Cardi B said that she is “really disappointed” in Jussie Smollett.
“I’m really disappointed in Jussie Smollett,” Cardi B said in a Monday Instagram video. “I feel like he f—ed up Black History Month, bro.”
The video, which no longer appears on the app, can be viewed on Pop Crave’s Twitter account.
Cardi B gave her opinion on the Jussie Smollett case on Instagram live. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/6AYU7cT5nL
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 18, 2019
Cardi’s post comes as police continue to investigate whether Smollett himself was involved in staging a late January assault to make it appear to be a racist and homophobic hate crime, as CNN reported Saturday. Sources told CNN that Chicago Police believe Smollett may have paid two men to stage the attack.
In the Instagram video, Cardi said that she will try her best to give Smollet the benefit of the doubt.
“Until he says out of his mouth that it was fake and this s–t was staged, I don’t want to completely blame him because … police in Chicago are racist, so they might probably try to frame him and make him look like he’s a liar,” she said.
The “Empire” star said that on January 29, two attackers put a noose around his neck, chanted pro-Trump slogans, poured bleach on him, and used racist and homophobic slurs.
Chicago police released the two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection to the alleged attack late Friday evening after questioning them. TMZ reports the brothers in question are Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who both reportedly worked on the set of “Empire.”
Both Smollett and his attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, have pushed back on reports that the alleged attack was orchestrated.
Smollett’s attorneys released a statement Saturday night, saying Smollett was being “further victimized” by accusations that he planned the attack.
“Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said. “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.”
On Wednesday, he appeared on “Good Morning America,” saying he was hurt by those who doubted his allegations.
“It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth – you don’t even want to see the truth,” he said.
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