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How Jussie Smollett’s five gestures tore apart the Empire star’s elaborate hate crime hoax, body language experts say

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Body Language Experts Claim Jussie Smollett Lied To Viewers On Multiple Occasions

THESE are the five gestures Empire star Jussie Smollett revealed that ripped up his elaborate hate crime scam, body language experts say.

They claim to have solid evidence that the disgraced Hollywood actor lied through his teeth on multiple occasions.

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Body language experts claim Jussie Smollett lied to viewers on multiple occasionsCredit: AP
The Disgraced Empire Star Claimed He Was Beaten In A Racist Hate Crime Outside His Chicago Home In 2019

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The disgraced Empire star claimed he was beaten in a racist hate crime outside his Chicago home in 2019Photo credit: The Mega Agency

They streamed through a plethora of interviews with Falling Star, pinpointing the moments when he lied to the camera.

The 40-year-old celebrity made headlines in 2019 when he claimed two masked men hit him and put a noose around his head before shouting “This is MAGA country” near his Chicago.

The alleged attack publicized Smollett as a victim of white supremacy hatred in Donald Trump’s America.

But as police began investigating the allegations, they soon discovered that the actor had paid two associates to stage the attack to help him further his career.

Smollett was eventually accused of lying to the police but struck a plea deal with prosecutors that set him free.

Months later, cops reopened the case and provided evidence that led to the Mighty Ducks actor being convicted of lying to police and disorderly conduct.

Now, a world-class team of behavioral, linguistics and psychology experts are revealing the telltale signs that Smollett – who has been behind bars for 150 days – is a liar in a new Discovery+ documentary titled Jussie Smollett: A Faking It Special.

SECURE WITH THE SLING

Captured on camera, Smollett’s behavior was suspicious from the start.

In police bodycam footage shot immediately after the apparent attack – with a noose around his neck still visible – Smollett plays the role of the victim.

But Smollett’s speech gave tiny hints of his deception, Professor Archer points out.

“The invitation to accept it [the noose] Off is from the cop and Jussie Smollett’s response is, ‘Yes, I do,’” she explains.

“That’s a long time to keep going what will be extremely offensive to anyone, let alone someone of Jussie Smollett’s ethnicity.”

For forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, Smollett’s demeanor is oddly relaxed for someone who has just been assaulted.

“He seems oddly comfortable with this sling,” she says.

“I can’t think of anything that would hit a black man more repulsively than that rope around his neck, of course you’d just want to take that off you.”

TONE OF SPEECH

Body language expert Dr. Cliff Lansley said Smollett made four alarming gestures within three seconds during an Instagram interview that strongly suggested he was trying to deceive his audience.

The Alien: Covenant star told US author Marc Lamont Hill that he “never would have done that,” referring to faking the attack during the Instagram live chat.

But dr Lansley said those three seconds of footage gave Smollett away.

“There’s a certain severity with his brows down. He’s not angry here. He’s trying to make a strong point, but while he’s trying to make that strong point, what counteracts that is his body language,” he said.

The actors make haunting statements, urging viewers to believe that such an act of forgery lay upon him.

“I wouldn’t do anything like that … I’m a black man, same-sex loving, proud – to a fault – man who leads with his blackness. The last thing I want to do is be portrayed as a victim”.

This is consistent with other footage from Smollett describing what happened that night.

Looking back at the recording, linguistics professor Dawn Archer said, “We have a one minute and fifty-six second answer, and in that we get five ‘and then’ and five ‘like this’. So he also uses and as a chronological sequencer 12 times.

“Research indicates that misleading accounts tend to be more chronological, while truthful accounts vary somewhat more in time.”

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dr Lansley also points to Smollett’s body language as another telltale sign that the actor was lying.

“If you look at his shoulders, here we have a double-sided shrug. So the shoulders are probably lifting less than an inch,” he said.

“In full, a shrug means, ‘I have no faith in what I’m about to say.’

“And when we see a partial gesture — that’s small movements of one or both shoulders — that contradicts the affirmative claim he’s trying to make here.

“He may raise his voice, but we can see underneath that he’s betraying the fact that he doesn’t have confidence in saying he wouldn’t do something like that.”

Dr  Cliff Lansley Said Smollett'S Shrug Was A Sign He Wasn'T Sure What He Was Saying

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dr Cliff Lansley said Smollett’s shrug was a sign he wasn’t sure what he was sayingPhoto credit: Discovery+
Smollett Shrugs As He Tries To Erase The Records Of What Happened That Night In 2019

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Smollett shrugs as he tries to erase the records of what happened that night in 2019Photo credit: Discovery+

THE HEAD BEAT

dr Lansley said while Smollett was begging his fans to believe him, he made a grave mistake.

“If you look around here, you also have a little micro shake of the head ‘No,’” said the body language expert.

“The camera moves a little, but when you isolate that camera and control that, the tip of the nose moves left and right at that point.

“You can see that by looking at his right ear, which goes away and comes back, and the camera doesn’t move sideways.

“So, shaking your head ‘No’, shrugging your shoulders, and trying to use a strong tone to persuade us are a cluster of three indicators that make this claim highly suspicious.”

This follows a similar observation made by Dr. Lansley made Smollett’s statement denying any wrongdoing, in which he claimed “I would not be my mother’s son if I were capable of a drop of what I am accused of”.

dr Lansley highlights features in Smollett’s movements that repeatedly catch him in a lie.

“We have this big head shake early on when he says, ‘I wouldn’t be my mother’s son.’ So the headshake lengthens after the statement and it’s pretty big, left to right as you’ll see,” he said.

“And that’s what people do when they’re trying to convince you.”

In addition to the head shake, tiny movements on Smollett’s lips also indicate deception.

“If we look at the end of the statement, we also see a lip presser. Now we see lip pressing as an alternative to putting your finger on your lips; it’s a gesture of self-reassurance,” he explained.

“So why does he want to control the words he uses? Because that’s a crucial statement he’s making and he’s careful not to say too much.”

And the words Smollett uses, the doctor adds, do nothing but underscore this deception.

“So we hear conditional words, ‘I wouldn’t do that’ — I did it, but what, I wouldn’t do it again? The language is easy,” he said.

“So he’s deluding himself, he’s skirting the issue instead of saying, ‘I didn’t do that.’ You protest too much. You’re trying too hard.”

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dr Lansley claims Smollett’s “micro-headshake” is another clue the Hollywood star is lyingPhoto credit: Discovery+
The Ex-Empire Star Licks Her Lips In Concern

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The ex-Empire star licks her lips in concernPhoto credit: Discovery+
Smollett Bites His Lip As Well, Trying To Think Of What To Say Next

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Smollett bites his lip as well, trying to think of what to say nextPhoto credit: Discovery+

DISASSOCIATION

Professor Archer said another sign Smollett was trying to cover his tracks was distancing.

“He doesn’t want to distance himself from being the victim,” she explained as she rereads the Instagram Live interview.

“What he seems to be doing here is some sort of impression management that could work both ways.

“He hates the word victim because he doesn’t want to be associated with it because he’s already told us he’s a proud man.

“But it also works the other way around. He subconsciously distances himself from being the victim because he wasn’t.”

Professor Archer points out that this isn’t the first time Smollett has done this.

In an interview with ABC News two weeks after the alleged attack, Smollett gave a detailed account explaining why he had not immediately reported the incident to police.

Commenting on that clip, the professor said: “The other thing that gets interesting during this report is that at the point where we start talking about the actual attack, we omit pronouns.

“That’s where he actually talks about the physical attack.

“He doesn’t tell us anything about the attacker, it says ‘… hits me’, not ‘the attacker hits me’ or ‘he hits me’. It kind of hides him, doesn’t it? He’s hidden in all of this. And that’s a form of distancing.

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There were some big moves between the dollar pairs in yesterday’s trade and USD/CAD was no exception as it shrugged off the memory of the jump to 1.2980 last Friday in a drop below 1.2800 following the release of US CPI data. There hasn’t been much relief since the decline with the slight retracement earlier stopping at the 100-day moving average (red line) at 1.2793 – a level that was broken yesterday and has helped stop the downtrend initially on August 1st.

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A photo appears to show Yue Yu, a dermatologist and wife of Jack Chen, pouring Drano. Chen alleged that Yu was trying to poison her.Courtesy of Jack Chen

  • Jack Chen said he started noticing a “chemical taste” in his lemonade around March and April.

  • A doctor diagnosed him with “two stomach ulcers, gastritis and esophagitis”, according to court documents.

  • Chen installed cameras in the house to see if his wife was poisoning him and claimed to have caught her doing so.

A Newport Beach doctor says he caught his wife poisoning him with Drano three times, according to an application for a restraining order filed Aug. 5 in Orange County Superior Court.

Jack Chen filed for divorce and asked the court to a restraining order against his wife, Yue “Emily” Yu.

Yu was arrested Aug. 4 by the Irvine Police Department, according to a department news release. She was released a day later after posting $30,000 bond.

She has not been charged, and Yu’s attorney, David E. Wohl, told Insider, “Ms. Yu vehemently and unequivocally denies ever attempting to poison her husband or anyone else. “

The husband said his suspicions began around March and April when he said he noticed a “chemical taste” in his lemonade which he usually likes to drink hot, according to court documents.

When he developed symptoms, Chen, who is a radiologist, went to the doctor for an examination, according to the filing requesting an injunction, and he revealed two stomach ulcers, gastritis and esophagitis.

“Based on the diagnosis and my suspicions about the chemical taste, I installed cameras in our kitchen,” according to Chen’s injunction request. “I got footage of Emily poisoning me three times.”

Chen’s attorney, Steven Hittleman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told USA Today that his client recorded Yu putting drain cleaner in his drinks on July 11, 18 and 25.

“After the first video of her poisoning him, he had his morning tea and put Saran wrap on it,” Hittelman told USA Today. “She peeled it off again and put the Drano in it.

Several screenshots in the docs appear to show Yu in the kitchen, pouring a bright orange jug of what Chen says is Drano.

Woman Pouring Drano By Kitchen Table.Woman Pouring Drano By Kitchen Table.

The photo appears to show Yue Yu pouring out the contents of a bright orange jug near the dining table.Courtesy of Jack Chen

Another photo shows a close-up of the bright orange Drano decanter.

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Drano Jack Chen’s photo was allegedly used by his wife Yue Yu to poison him.Courtesy of Jack Chen

The court documents preface the poisoning allegations with details of a long history of alleged abuse by Yu and his mother, Yuqin “Amy” Gu.

Chen claimed that his wife and stepmother were physically and emotionally abusive towards him and his two children.

“Emily’s parenting, if you could call it that, revolves around yelling, name calling, verbal abuse, hitting, pushing, pulling and being emotionally abusive,” the documents state.

Yu’s lawyer denies these allegations and stated that “these defamatory and false allegations were made by Mr. Chen in an attempt to gain an advantage in the divorce and custody case he filed against Ms. Yu. , one day after his arrest”.

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U.S. gasoline prices fell below $4 a gallon on Thursday, returning to their lowest level since March, a drop that provided relief to Americans struggling with the skyrocketing cost of everything from groceries on rent.

The national average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline now stands at $3.99, according to AAA. That’s higher than a year ago, but still well below the peak near $5.02 in mid-June. Energy costs are fueling general measures of inflation, so the decline is also good news for policymakers who have struggled to contain price increases and for President Biden, who has pledged reduce gas costs.

The national average includes a wide range of prices, from nearly $5 a gallon in Oregon and Nevada to around $3.50 in Texas and Oklahoma. But, broadly speaking, the decline reflects a number of factors: weaker demand, as high costs have kept some drivers off the roads; a sharp drop in world oil prices in recent months; and the fact that a handful of states have suspended gasoline taxes.

Whatever the causes, the lower prices are a welcome change for drivers for whom the added expense – often $10-15 more for a tank of gas – had become another hurdle as they sought to regain a normal life after the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have new diseases and rising inflation, and people are expecting a recession,” said Zindy Contreras, a student and part-time waitress in Los Angeles, where gas prices are near 5. $40 a gallon. “If I didn’t have to worry about my tank of gas costing $70, that would be a huge relief, for once.”

Ms. Contreras only half-filled her 2008 Mazda 3 due to higher prices, which cost her between $25 and $30 each visit to the pump, and she had found opportunities to carpool with friends . These days, Ms Contreras typically takes gas twice a week, driving 15 miles to and from work each week and an additional 10 to 50 miles a week, depending on her plans.

“The pressure on affordability becomes very real when you see these high prices at the gas pump,” said Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at S&P Global. “So in that sense, it’s definitely a positive sign for those people who are struggling.”

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Lower gasoline prices are also good news for the economy, as businesses are under less pressure to pass on energy costs to their customers, which would add to the country’s inflation problem.

The government announced this week that consumer price inflation slowed in July to an annual rate of 8.5% from 9.1% in June, largely thanks to lower petrol prices . If it persists, the slowdown in inflation could allow the Federal Reserve to ease its interest rate hike campaign.

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Jiminny, a UK-based conversational intelligence platform that companies use to record, transcribe and analyze communications from across sales teams and other customer-facing teams, announced today today that it had raised $16.5 million in a Series A funding round.

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