Rev Al Sharpton: Jussie Smollett Ought to ‘Face Accountability to the Maximum’ If He Perpetrated a Hoax

Rev. Al Sharpton addressed news that the alleged assault against actor Jussie Smollett appears to not be how it was originally reported by TMZ last month.

The star of the television program Empire has claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime that included attackers who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him all while wearing red hats saying MAGA. But over the weekend Chicago police revealed that not only has that story fallen apart, but strongly suggested that Smollett had engineered the attack as a hoax and the two attackers were two Nigerian brothers paid by the actor to stage the attack.

When initial reports broke, Sharpton claimed “we should come with all that we can come within law enforcement to find out what happened and the guilty should suffer the maximum.” Now that the story appears to be very different, Sharpton “still maintain(s) that.” And if it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did in some way perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to “face accountability to the maximum.”

Sharpton went on to talk about the confusion surrounding this very strange news report, before finishing with the very awkward double negative claim of “We cannot not get to the truth here.”

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