‘I Swear to God, I Did Not Do This’
We’re told he addressed everyone on set, saying …”I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”
You told your version of events, in a police report and on GMA. The prosecutors told their version of events. Allow me to explain why I find the cops more credible in this matter.
When your story hit the news, I instantly thought that you were most likely hoaxing us. Two white MAGA guys randomly spotting you at 2AM on the streets of sub-zero Chicago… and recognizing you? And just happened to be carrying bleach and a noose?
Only someone who has never really tried to get to know Trump supporters, and relies on what the left-wing media says, would imagine that. By and large, MAGA types are not motivated by racism or homophobia. Their concerns are primarily economic, and just want to be left alone.
I was willing to give this a slightly higher chance of being real when more reports surfaced. Specifically, the dispatcher recording indicating you were jumped when leaving your apartment, and the “hate letter.” A dedicated stalker might wait stake out your apartment waiting for you to come out of a known location. But…
It was two alleged attackers. One crazy I could buy. Two seemed extremely unlikely.
Then it fell apart. It was as you returned to the building, not on departure. It wasn’t at the main entrance, where I’d expect a loonie stalker to be. And you’d just flown in to Chicago, arriving hours late. (In fact, if I’m looking at the right streets on the map, you had to walk past that.)
The version of events in the grand jury proffer go a little differently.
No one on video fitting your description. No video of your “attack” (when I first heard that you were only off video at one point for approximately 60 seconds, I guessed you’d merely made up the attack, and pick a site where you knew it couldn’t be disproven by surveillance).
But the proffer offers so much more. Please recall that is a legal document. The prosecution just told the grand jury that they have very specific evidence which — if I’d been on that grand jury, I would have voted for indictment — paints a picture of a actual faked attack. The evidence described will be turned over to you in discovery. If it doesn’t exist, the prosecution lied to the grand jury, which is even more of a crime than your seemingly false police report.
Mr. Smollett, you made an accusation. You have to back it up with more than, But you’re supposed to believe me. Your version currently makes no sense. The prosecution’s version does. You’ll need to prove that evidence doesn’t exist, or explain away odd things like IDing two black guys as your white attackers, your phone call coincidentally to the guys you said were your attackers, the canceled check… written to your alleged attackers, what would motivate these co-workers/acquaintances to attack, and why they aren’t white as you told the police. The near-witness who heard no shouts as you claimed.
Sure, you have a presumption of innocence. But your charges are based upon your own accusation against the brothers. They have a presumption of innocence, too, and you need to back up your accusation.