Friday, December 10, 2021

GOING THE WAY OF CUOMO?: Don Lemon Turns on Close Friend Jussie Smollett, Calls Him a Liar

Lemon discussed the “Empire” star’s guilty verdict on his show Thursday night. - CNN

Source: NY Post

Published: December 10, 2021

By: Emily Crane

Don Lemon branded his pal Jussie Smollett a liar just hours after the actor was convicted of staging a hate crime against himself on Thursday — but the CNN host still failed to address his own role in the made-for-TV drama.

Lemon discussed the “Empire” star’s guilty verdict on his show Thursday night during a brief segment with legal analyst Joey Jackson.

The CNN host said Smollett “had to make up too many lies” in an attempt to explain his false narrative that two Trump-loving bigots beat him up and tied a noose around his neck in Chicago in 2019.

“I guess he got caught up in that because he took the stand himself. He got angry with the prosecutor as the prosecutor poked holes in his story, calling the only other witnesses liars,” Lemon said of the high-profile trial.

Lemon went on to say Smollett had potentially made it harder for “legitimate victims of hate crimes” to be taken seriously. 

Lemon accused Smollett of making it harder for “legitimate victims of hate crimes” to be taken seriously. Above, a courtroom sketch of Smollett receiving his guilty verdict. - AP

His comments came soon after a jury found Smollett guilty of five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Despite briefly addressing Smollett’s “lies,” Lemon continued to ignore a bombshell part of the actor’s testimony that revealed the CNN host had tipped him off that he was being investigated by police.

Smollett told the court during his testimony earlier this week that he first knew that police doubted his version of events after getting a text message from Lemon.

Smollett and Lemon pose together in 2018. Smollett testified that he first learned of the police investigation against him via a text from Lemon. - Getty Images

Lemon has come under fire for his continued silence about his role in the saga, with some drawing comparisons between him and ex-CNN star Chris Cuomo, who was fired last weekend for meddling in his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal.

During his show’s segment on Thursday night, Lemon’s legal analyst guest called Smollett’s testimony “devastating” for his case.

“When you look at the case, the verdict, everything else — many people have said this is a case about credibility and he said, she said. I disagree. Every case relies upon credibility, but it’s also about a narrative that makes sense,” Jackson said.

Smollett was found guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct on Thursday. - AP

“We lawyers, before we go before juries and pick them, we say always use your common sense and good judgment. And when you weave a web and tell a tale, it becomes problematic. I think that’s what happened here.

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