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Jussie Smollett Attorney: He’s Been Subjected to a ‘Media Gangbang’

Jussie Smollett defense attorney Mark Gergagos defended the Empire actor to Anderson Cooper tonight, saying that Smollett is the victim of a “media gangbang.”

Geragos decried the grand jury indictment of Smollett on 16 felony counts as an “outrage,” saying, “I defy anybody to find any indictment anywhere where somebody has brought 16 counts for being a victim of a hate crime.”

“They have not talked to one person at Fox who has said he was dissatisfied with his money,” he continued. “They have not interviewed one person connected with the show Empire who says he was dissatisfied with his money. They are the ones that started their internal investigation about the leaks because all of the information that was being leaked was false.”

Geragos continued:

“What is happening here is frankly a media gangbang of this guy of unprecedented proportions. And that’s the reason I got into this. I’ve never seen a media pendulum swing more quickly and viciously and rob somebody of their presumption of innocence like this case. It’s startling the way people assume that he’s guilty. He hasn’t been given one stitch of discovery. There isn’t one police report. Your package just said he paid $3,500. I’ve got the texts. Those texts––and they conceded that the check and the texts were for training. It wasn’t to pay anything! So I don’t understand how it comes from.”

At one point Cooper asked, “But doesn’t it just seem weird to you that you get allegedly attacked by two people who you know and you don’t claim to recognize them, even you claimed you fought back and they ran away, and I believe initially Mr. Smollett said one of them was white, or they were white. Isn’t it just weird that you get allegedly attacked by two people you actually know that have been on Empire that, who you have actually worked out with, and you don’t recognize them?”

Geragos insisted that “I haven’t seen one piece of evidence and they don’t have one piece of evidence that they’ve turned over that links Jussie to this.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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