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Alisyn Camerota Was ‘Surprised’ at How Many People Believed Jussie Smollett

With the alleged hate crime on Empire actor Jussie Smollett appearing to not have taken place as he described and evidence pointing to having staged the attack himself, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota said she was “surprised” over how many people believed his story despite the many red flags.

“Brian, I remember in the hours right after this happened that — that CNN — that our bosses, were advising to pump the brakes a little bit because there were things already that didn’t add up,” Camerota said on Monday. “I was frankly surprised how many people jumped on board to side with Jussie Smollett before there were photos, before there were police statements, before all that stuff.”

“And so, how do you think this all — what was the trajectory of how this went wrong,” she then asked.

Smollett’s lawyers released a strong denial late Saturday evening, saying he has been “further victimized” by the recent reports.

“Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” their statement said. “One of the purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to read him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”

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