Jussie Smollett was not angry at the Empire crew for not reacting strongly to a hate letter he received in the mail, according to Empire EP Brett Mahoney. The revelation contradicts the prosecutor's claim the actor faked being attacked by Trump supporters because he didn't get enough attention over the threatening note.
On Monday, Mahoney, a former Chicago journalist who worked as an executive producer on the Lee Daniels show, was called to the stand. Smollett’s team questioned Mahoney on Smollett’s reaction to a letter sent to set. The letter was sent before he allegedly staged himself being jumped.
The handwritten letter was sent with no return address but had “MAGA” written. The note had letters cut out from magazines to spell “You will die black f-g.”
Prosecutors claim Smollett wrote the letter to himself and was furious that the producers didn't do more about the letter. However, Mahoney claims this is not what happened.
Mahoney testified that Smollett did not want a lot of attention over the letter. He said the crew immediately provided the actor with extra security and Smollett even objected to them being hired. The EP said Smollett complained the security detail was too "intrusive" and he didn't like them coming home with him.
As Radar previously reported, Jussie also took the stand in court today. The two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who Jussie claims attacked him were also in the courtroom. They deny the claims and say he hired them for the attack.
He told the jury he originally met Abel at a gay club and they ended up making out inside a Chicago bathhouse. He said the two did cocaine and weed together. The relationship continued and they went back to the bathroom on a separate occasion and made out while masturbating together.
Jussie also testified about turning down the security offered by producers after the letter came in, "I’m a grown man, I don’t need to be driven around like Miss Daisy."