Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters said Saturday that it was the “correct thing” for all charges to be dropped against Jussie Smollett, the actor for the hit series “Empire” who was accused of orchestrating a hate crime hoax.
Last week, the city dropped 16 charges against Smollett including filing a false report. Police say Smollett created a false assault on January 29th in which the actor claims to have been attacked by two men because he was gay and black. He also said the attackers said “This is MAGA country,” referring to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats.
Police say none of this happened. That doesn’t seem to matter much to Maxine Waters.
“It’s the correct thing that the charges were dropped,” Waters said during at interview backstage at the 50th Annual NAACP Awards. “First of all, we probably will never know all of the details. We’ve heard a lot of information. 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,” she added.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 1, 2019
According to Waters, the Smollett case received “a lot of attention because of who he is — he’s an extremely talented man who people have come to love because he is on TV. I’m hopeful that he will go on with his career and be successful.”
“I would love to see him, and I am looking forward to seeing him very soon,” Waters added.
“I love him”
Defending Smollett is nothing new for Waters. “Waters, who has been one of Congress’ most vocal supporters of Smollett, attended the Empire star’s first concert after the allegedly staged attack,” Breitbart reports.
Waters told The Grio, “I know Jussie. I love him. His family’s a friend of mine. I know his sisters, I’ve met his mom, and I called already to Jazz, one of the sisters, to talk to her about what’s happening, what’s going on,” Waters said. “So she said he’s okay, he’s out of the hospital. We didn’t talk about it much more than that, but I was on my way to Chicago to see about him. You know what I’m saying? I love him; he’s a fantastic human being; he’s so giving.”
What happens next in the Jussie Smollett debacle is anyone’s guess, but one thing is clear: Maxine Waters will defend him no matter how bad it gets.
"It’s the correct thing that the charges were dropped," Rep Waters said. "We’ve heard a lot of information. No one was hurt — that is, physically, killed, shot…"
"No one was hurt…" – Except Jussie still maintains he was, so she admits he made it up…https://t.co/G3v91DsC3Z
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) April 1, 2019