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Jussie Smollett Takes the Stand to Deny Staging Attack

The defense has rested in the trial of former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who is accused of orchestrating a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in January 2019. The 39-year-old actor was surrounded by family members as he arrived back at the courthouse Tuesday to face a withering cross examination. Smollett denied the claims of two brothers, Abel and Bola Osundairo, who testified Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage a fake attack in his downtown Chicago neighborhood.

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