“I hope Smollett is aware that his reprehensible behavior may make it harder for real victims to come forward and their journey for justice more difficult,” Rush said.
“This is not a good day for Jussie Smollett. And frankly, it’s a terrible day for folks who have not come forward, who have experienced hate crimes and who now are hesitant, maybe hesitant to come forward if something does actually happen to them because of this. It’s just not a good day, Jake. It’s still a terrible Black History Month.”
“Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed. When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes hit more difficult for other victims of chimer to come forward,” her statement began. “At the same time, we must speak the truth: hate crimes are on the rise in America.”
Harris and Sharpton walked out of a building and into a waiting throng of reporters and fans, smiling and waving. Harris remarked, “I love Harlem!” but gave no audible response to questions about recent developments in the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who alleged that he was the victim of a hate crime in late January.
Both Harris and Sharpton spoke out against the alleged attack at the time — Sharpton called it “unacceptable,” while Harris referred to it as a “modern-day lynching.”
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