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Jussie Smollett on the Defensive: Lawyers Deny Beating was a Hoax; Claim He’s Being ‘Victimized’

*Watching things go south for their client, lawyers for Jussie Smollett are vehemently denying he faked the attack he reported on Jan. 29. They added: “anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

That statement comes in the wake of reports that Smollett paid two Nigerian  brothers to participate in the attack that resulted in him being beaten, covered in bleach and had a rope placed around his neck.

Here’s more from TheWrap:

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, said in their statement that the actor “has been further victimized” by these claims, and identified one of the men police arrested, then released without charges on Friday, as Smollett’s personal trainer.

The trainer, who was unnamed in the statement, was preparing Smollett for a music video, the statement said.

“It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continues.

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Here’s the full statement from Jussie Smollett’s legal team:

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. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.

One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.

Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.

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