*Jussie Smollett has accused the Chicago police department of covering up for shady cops in his legal battle over a $130,000 lawsuit from the city.
In 2019, the actor/singer was accused of lying to cops by allegedly staging a racist and homophobic ‘hoax’ attack on himself. The felony charges against him for falsifying a police report were dropped last year but a special prosecutor charged him again in February.
The city is suing Jussie for $130,000 over the ‘hoax’ that occurred in January 2019. Meanwhile, Smollett claims Chicago is refusing to hand over evidence that police officers lied about the case. In new legal documents, he is requesting files related to the termination of Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was involved in the original case against him.
Johnson was fired in December after being caught drinking and kissing his alleged mistress during a night out. Mayor Lori Lightfoot kicked him to the curb after he misled her and the public about the incident.
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Smollett said in court filings this weekend that Johnson could have also lied during his handling of the “hoax” case, Daily Mail reports.
Smollett’s lawyers said Chicago was ‘resisting’ his attempts to “expose dishonesty” at a time when “millions across the country rise up to protest police misconduct.”
“As we see millions across the country rise up to protest and expose police misconduct, the City, by its refusal to produce the requested documents, is choosing to actively resist a citizen’s lawful efforts to reveal dishonesty, directly relating to the charges against him, throughout the department, including the police superintendent who oversaw and publicly commented on the investigation of Mr. Smollett’s report of a vicious hate crime and assault,” Smollett’s attorneys wrote in a filing on June 6th.
Jussie is adamant of his innocence, adding: “The City and CPD knew Mr. Smollett was innocent, and that the City has relentlessly pursued Mr. Smollett even after the charges against Mr. Smollett were dismissed.”
The city is also trying to recoup the cost of its investigation into Smollett in civil court.
Smollett believes he is entitled to the records relating to Johnson’s firing because they could prove a pattern of dishonesty.
“Documents from Johnson’s termination may lead to evidence of Johnson’s lack of truthfulness during the early 2019 investigation of Mr. Smollett’s report of being assaulted and subsequent decision by the City to pursue a civil claim against Mr. Smollett knowing Mr. Smollett’s innocence,” his attorneys wrote.
BLIND ITEM: The Shady Talent Agency
Which agency refuses to let any of their clients appear on the alliterate talk show host’s program? [A rep] was overheard saying her show was “too urban” (which is code for exactly what you think it is) and the host is “mean to her guests and staff”.
Like the host who is one of the agency’s biggest clients, and who the agency’s clients are required to appear on, isn’t?
What hypocrites and wusses.
Can you guess the “urban” talk show/host and “the host who is one of the agency’s biggest clients”?
Herman Cain’s Widow and Assistant Clash Over Severance Package, Gold Bars
*Four months after former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died at age 74 from the coronavirus, his widow and assistant are clashing over money.
According to TMZ, Lisa Reichert — who was Herman’s executive assistant for 9 years until his death — has filed docs in Henry County, Georgia opposing Gloria Cain’s attempt to serve as administrator to her late husband’s estate.
Reichert claims Herman promised her a severance package and she fears the widow won’t deliver.
Here’s more from TMZ:
Lisa claims Gloria grossly understated Herman’s assets and failed to list gold coins and bars she claims were stored in Herman’s safe deposit box, along with other cash.
Lisa claims the estate failed to acknowledge her severance claim, which she says Herman repeatedly promised to pay her when he was alive. Lisa fears if Gloria’s appointed administrator of the estate she’ll distribute the $482k in assets she listed without setting aside enough to cover her claim against the estate.
Cain was hospitalized over the summer in the Atlanta area after his COVID-19 diagnosis. There were also reports that he been placed on a ventilator
“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” a post on his website said at the time. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”
The website posting went to say there were “hopeful indicators, including a mere five days ago when doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn’t be quick.”
However, he “never quite seemed to get to the point where the doctors could advance him to the recovery phase.”
An earlier post on Cain’s website said they weren’t sure how the former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza contracted the virus.
It’s possible Cain caught the virus when he attended Donald Trump’s disastrous June 20th rally in Tulsa, where eight members of the advance team tested positive for the coronavirus and the campaign staff had to self-isolate afterward in case of infection.
Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Messy Black Folks for Mocking Nate Robinson
*Retired former boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has called out messy Black folks for mocking NBA veteran Nate Robinson.
Robinson was knocked out in his professional boxing debut on Saturday night by YouTuber Jake Paul. The match occurred at Staples Center in Los Angeles just before the Mike Tyson–Roy Jones Jr. exhibition on Saturday.
Robinson took a hit so hard that he is now the center of jokes and mockery on social media. As a former boxer, Mayweather is not down with people taking aim Robinson, and he made his feelings clear in a post on Instagram.
“Nate, I’m proud of you and I will always stand behind all my brothers,” Mayweather wrote. “I will never kick my brother when he’s down.” Check out his full post below.
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“It’s ok for people to voice their opinions on social media, but no black athletes or black entertainers, especially black NBA players should make a mockery out of you. We are supposed to all stand with each other through the good, bad and ugly. I’m here to uplift you and let you know we all love you and congratulate you for just making an effort,” Mayweather sontinued. “SIDENOTE: The times I’ve had issues with another brother is when they came at me first. I was just defending myself.”
Watch Robinson’s knock-out moment via the Twitter video below:
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— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, M.A. (@ScoopB) November 29, 2020
Shortly after the fight, Robinson took to Instagram to share an update on his health.
“Thank you, everyone, for all of the well wishes, I’m OK,” the 36-year-old wrote. “I appreciate @triller for the opportunity as well as everyone that has backed me during the fight. To my coaches, trainers, fans, and teammates, I appreciate all of the time and support you guys put in with me…
“It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage that there has been.”
Check out his post below.
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