Jussie Smollett shocked many on Tuesday when he testified under oath that CNN anchor Don Lemon had been advising him on the police investigation into his the ‘hate crime’ he allegedly tried to fake.
As The Washington Free Beacon reports:
CNN anchor Don Lemon warned disgraced actor Jussie Smollett in 2019 that Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a hate crime, the actor revealed in court Monday.
The former Empire actor told the court that, according to Lemon, the Chicago police did not believe Smollett’s story. Lemon admitted in 2019 he had contacted Smollett “every day” following the attack but said nothing about his knowledge of the police investigation. On Monday night, the anchor discussed the trial on his show, Don Lemon Tonight. He did not respond to Smollett’s testimony that he tipped the actor off about the investigation.
.@JussieSmollett testified that @donlemon texted him and alerted Smollett that the cops doubted his story. Lemon had never acknowledged this. Last night on @CNN Lemon discussed the trial, but did not mention his role in alerting Smollett. @ChrisCuomo was unavailable for comment…
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) December 7, 2021
Smollett, who is black and gay, told police in 2019 he was attacked by two white men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, who were shouting racist and homophobic slurs at him. He said the men beat him, drenched him in bleach, and left him on the ground with a noose around his neck.
Prominent Democrats, including many running as presidential candidates at the time, embraced the veracity of Smollett’s story. Then-senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris called the alleged attack an “attempted modern-day lynching.” And Joe Biden, who was also running for president at the time, denounced the alleged attack as a work of “hate,” “homophobia,” and “racism.”
Lemon’s colleague Chris Cuomo was recently fired for a similar incident, attempting to use his media connections to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, dig up dirt on women who accused him of sexual harrassment.