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Jussie Smollett Takes Stand & Testifies He Did Drugs, Masturbated With His Attacker

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Jussie Smollett Takes Stand & Testifies He Did Drugs, Masturbated With His Attacker

Jussie Smollett started his trial and took the stand for his testimony today after being accused of staging a hate crime for media attention in 2019.

Jussie Smollett, 39, admitted to knowing one of his alleged attackers and even being intimate with him, when he took the stand on Dec. 5 in his own defense. The actor, who is openly gay, has been charged with six counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports to investigators after telling police he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Jan. 2019. Prosecutors are alleging that he staged the hate crime specifically to get media attention and even paid $3500 to brothers, Abimbola “Bola” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, to help him.

Once on the stand, Jussie talked about his relationship with Abimbola and explained they had met at a club during Season 4 of Empire, according to the Chicago Tribune. He also reportedly said that they went to a bathhouse together, did some drugs, and got physically close. “There was some touching,” he said before also admitting they had masturbated near each other during another occasion at the bathhouse, the Tribune reported.

Jussie Smollett started his trial this week. (TANNEN MAURY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Jussie also reportedly talked about Abimbola’s brother and how he “creeped” him out. “He kind of creeped me out,” he testified, according to CNN. “Every time we were around him he didn’t speak to me. Every time we needed to leave, he made it seem like we needed to sneak off. He wasn’t feeling me, it’s fine. Who is he to me? It’s fine.”

In addition to discussing his relationship with the brothers, Jussie reportedly disputed those calling the alleged attack a “hoax” and said the money involved was for a fitness plan so he could get fit for an upcoming music video.

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Jussie Smollett has admitted to knowing his alleged attacker before the attack. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP/Shutterstock)

“There was no hoax,” he told the jury, the Tribune further reported. “My character was a superstar, a pop star, a beloved GQ whatever,” he said. “It was very important that I looked like Black Cary Grant, not beat down.”

Before Jussie’s latest testimony, Abimbola had denied he had a sexual relationship with him in his own testimony last week.

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Man released from jail 9 years after identical twin brother confesses to the crime | Latest Celebrity News, Sports and Entertainment

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A Chicago man who spent two decades behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit has been released from jail.

Kevin Dugar, 43, was released from the Cook County Jail on Tuesday — 9 years after his twin brother, Karl Smith, confessed to the murder that put Kevin behind bars.

“Kevin’s feeling great,” his attorney, Ron Safer, told ABC7 News Tuesday night. “He’s a free man tonight. It’s long overdue.”

“He walked out into the open air and breathed his first breaths as a free man in almost 20 years. It was gratifying to watch his tears roll down his cheeks and their cheeks before (the tears) froze on their faces because it was about 7 below.”

Kevin Dugar was convicted of killing a rival gang member in 2005. He was sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to PEOPLE.

But in 2013, Kevin’s born-again twin brother, Karl Smith, wrote him a letter in prison, confessing to the murder, the NY Daily News reports.

“I have to get it off my chest before it kills me,” Smith wrote. “So I’ll just come clean and pray you can forgive me.”

Karl was already serving a 99-year-sentence in prison for a home invasion and armed robbery that left a child dead, the Chicago Tribune reports.

However, the prosecutor didn’t buy Karl’s confession. And another decade went by before the wheels of justice slowly turned in Kevin’s direction.

Kevin still has to prove his innocence at a later court date. But for now, he is a free man.

“We are gratified that Judge Hooks carefully weighed all factors and released Kevin pending trial,” attorney Safer tells PEOPLE.

“I am hopeful that the State will do the right thing and dismiss Kevin’s case. If not, we will prevail at trial because Kevin is innocent.”

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Kick ‘Em Out: 76ers Fan Ejected For Allegedly Calling Lakers Baller Carmelo Anthony ‘Boy’ Multiple Times

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Kick ‘Em Out: 76ers Fan Ejected For Allegedly Calling Lakers Baller Carmelo Anthony ‘Boy’ Multiple Times

A Philadelphia 76ers fan was ejected for heckling Carmelo Anthony by repeatedly calling him “boy.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of a critical point in the season where they should have their chemistry together, but it has yet to come together for the team full of veterans. Anthony Davis finally returned to play after being out with an injury, but on Thursday, LeBron James was out after carrying the team in AD’s absence.

Last night, the Lebron-less Lakers faced the Philadelphia 76ers and the sideline drama ended up stealing the whole show.

A 76ers fan decided he was going to heckle Carmelo Anthony and yell “boy” at him while he tried to focus on winning the game. For those of you who do not understand why being called “boy” is a big deal. it’s what old racist white men call Black people in place of the N-word when they don’t want to go full racist in front of other people.

Carmelo wasn’t going to allow the fan to continue and he went back at him, which led to the fan being ejected. Shaq and Charles Barkley shocked social media and TV viewers by calling Melo soft for not reacting to the slur, which is surprising when they know exactly what it’s meant to be.

Later, it was revealed that the slur came from different group of people, but the ejected fan was the one caught in the act. Over the past two seasons, fans have gotten more and more out of hand with outbursts towards players, and the NBA is not tolerating any of it. Hopefully, this reminds fans in attendance that just because they pay good money for courtside seats, doesn’t mean they don’t have to behave.

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Kanye West’s New GF Julia Fox Secretly Dated Drake Before Hooking Up With Kim Kardashians Ex

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Julia reportedly had a ‘hot-and-heavy’ romance with Drake… and Ye knows all about it!

Dating one’s former rival would definitely call for a conversation, at the very least! It appears Julia Fox had a secret romance with Drake before she began hanging out with his onetime archnemesis Kanye West, according to Page Six. The model, 31, and “Hotline Bling” rapper, 35, reportedly had a “hot-and-heavy” relationship that began in February 2020 after Drake hit her up on Instagram to praise her for her role in Uncut Gems. And to answer everyone’s question… yes Kanye, who was first linked with Julia on New Year’s Eve, knows all about the tryst and is “not thrilled,” per the outlet.

Julia Fox reportedly dated Drake before her romance with Kanye West. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock / London Entertainment/Shutterstock)

The outlet’s sources claim Julia and Drake first hung out for drinks at the Bowery Hotel in New York after Julia’s relationship with her baby’s daddy Peter Artemiev suddenly took a nosedive. The day after their Big Apple rendezvous, Drake allegedly showed up at Bloomingdale’s to pay Julia a visit while she did some promotional work. A source added, “They closed down the store so [Drake] could visit.” The sparks continued to fly with Drake gifting Julia two Birkin bags before inviting her to stay at his mansion in Toronto for a spell. However, pandemic travel restrictions forced her to fly back to home to the United States. The affair appeared short-lived, as sources said Julia soon dropped Drake when she reconciled with Peter.

As fans know, that reunion was also short-lived, as Julia soon found a love connection with Kim Kardashians’ estranged husband. Things have certainly been heating up between her and Kayne, as the pair took their whirlwind romance to Paris Fashion Week, where they were spotted hitting up the different shows hand-in-hand. Julie even went so far as to christen their romance with an official couple nickname. After posting a photo of the pair from the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 show to her Instagram Story on January 24, Julia captioned it, “Juliye.”

Back in November, Kayne and Drake appeared to squash their decades-long feud after they performed together at the “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert,” which advocated for imprisoned gang leader Larry Hoover. As fans would recall, the rappers were previously embroiled in a bitter rivalry over album sales, as well as Pusha T‘s diss track, produced by Kanye, which revealed Drake had a secret son, Adonis Graham, with Sophie Brussaux. Here’s to hoping the two chart-toppers can keep their relationship on a friendly level going forward!

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