Believe Victims: Joe Budden Thinks The Jussie Smollett Attack Story “Sounds Funny”

February 7, 2019  |  

Joe Budden In Concert - New York, NY

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It’s been a little over a week since news broke that actor Jussie Smollettwas attacked in an alleged racist/homophobic encounter in Chicago. The attackers reportedly poured bleach over the “Empire” star and put a noose over his neck. The suspects also were allegedly wearing MAGA hats when they approached Jussie.

Rapper Joe Buddenspoke out about the incident, telling his “State Of The Culture” co-hosts that some of the details of the attack don’t make sense to him.

“Jussie’s story sounds really funny. It’s changed a few times….I’m going to always have a question when a Black man says he had a noose around his neck and he left it there for forty five minutes,” Budden pontificated.

He then went on to reference the hate mail Fox reportedly received right before the attack.

“That ‘Empire’ note…looked like some bulls*t I’ve seen in ‘Austin Powers.'”

Continuing, “I’m waiting for footage. Just show me footage and I’ll shut the f*ck up,” he added.

He went on to suggest a theory proposed on Reddit about what really happened.

“Famous rich people when bad things happen….you cover the story so you can protect your image, your likeness and your career,”

It’s disappointing for Budden to interject his disbelief into such a sensitive, traumatic event without proof of fradulence.

Despite the cynicism around his claims, Jussie is standing strong in his recount of what happened. When he broke his silence about the alleged crime, he told fans,

“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process,” he explained.

Continuing, “Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”


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