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Hours after it was announced a grand jury indicted actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony charges for filing two false police reports related to his alleged hate crime hoax, the actor’s defense attorney, Mark Geragos, claimed his client is the victim of a “media gangbang.”

Geragos, speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, emphasized the unprecedented nature of Friday’s announcement, condemning the fact that Smollett has been found guilty in the court of public opinion.

“What is happening here is, frankly, a media gangbang of this guy of unprecedented proportions,” Geragos claimed. “That’s the reason I got into this. I’ve never seen a media pendulum swing more quickly and more viciously and rob somebody of their presumption of innocence like this case has. It’s startling the way people assume he’s guilty.”

Geragos also took issue with the indictment itself, which included one charge of disorderly conduct for each of Smollett’s eight alleged lies to two separate police officers.

“I defy anybody to find any indictment anywhere where somebody has brought 16 counts for being a victim of a hate crime,” Geragos said.

For his part, Cooper did not buy much of what Geragos was selling, noting how “weird” Smollett’s story is — if true at all.

In a separate statement after Cook County announced the indictment, Geragos called the charges “overkill.”

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records. Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption,” he said, according to TMZ.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. steve t

    March 10, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Give it a rest, SHYSTER, the little punk started it, went to the press himself, and it blew up on him. So. STFU!

  2. gordon

    March 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Trial lawyers know, if you tell a lie over and ober again, 50% of people will believe it. Watch the democratic party for details

  3. Brokengirl55

    March 10, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I believe the American people are getting tired of seeing this young man‘s face plastered all over the internet. I also believe we are getting tired of people who lie, cheat, and steal blaming everyone else for their stupidity. This young man came up with a plan and execute it. He got caught and now he tries to blame the media. He has no one to blame but himself. This behavior runs rampant in our country today. For Smollett, Cohen, Shiff, Lynch, and a long list of others it is a way of life.

  4. RCP55

    March 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Garbage Mouth (lawyer) is what you are saying about “Media Gangbang” like what cnn did to the student who is suing cnn for millions? Sure hurts when the shoe is on the other foot. I guess you think it’s OK for cnn to do it but not when it’s someone who supports Trump. Some lawyers just think they are just the best thing since sliced bread……nothing further from the truth. I believe the term “Ambulance chaser” fits the bill.

  5. RCP55

    March 10, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Does this lawyer actually believe the BS he is trying to tell us is truthful??????? He reminds me of how democraps don’t stop talking, which in turn makes it difficult to state your comment. Pure BS and nothing else.

  6. N

    March 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Treason is a badge of honor for the Godless NAZI Commie liberal Racist Demoncrat Party and RINOs! The party of hate, hypocrisy, lies, deception, Fake News (Russian Collusion and Jussie M hoax) the list is endless! And the clueless minions that follow them!

  7. Margie

    March 10, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    SO TRUE!
    Neo-Nazi Communist Democrats have absolutely No
    Moral Standards!

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