Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Empire actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack a few weeks ago. After police investigated the case, has now been arrested and charged with lying to police in connection with the alleged attack on 29 January.

The Chicago police arrested the actor, charging him with a fake report of his attack. It is believed his motive may have been that he was unhappy with his salary as an actor on the television series Empire.

Smollet has been released on $100 000 bail.

Eusebius McKaiser and listeners discuss the issue.

Jussie is sticking to his story and his lawyers are saying this is a man of impeccable character and he was indeed a victim of a hate crime.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Show's producer, Camagwini Mavovana says Smollet is sticking to the story and his lawyers released a statement saying that he is innocent until proven guilty.

Read: Eusebius: 'Given his power, we have no choice but to engage this racist bigot'

He (Smollet) went on a news show saying that he didn't do this, it was a hate crime. The truth is that the little facts are coming out, the two brothers who he hired say that they rehearsed the incidence and he paid them.

Camagwini Mavovana, Producer - The Eusebius McKaiser Show

They even told the police that earlier in the year the police took pictures of letters he allegedly received as hate mail. And the brothers say he wrote those letters himself. But he didn't garner enough attraction then, so he thought he must do something bigger.

Camagwini Mavovana, Producer - The Eusebius McKaiser Show

I have seen a couple of interviews with psychologists who specialise in very weird outliers in terms of some people who go to extraordinary lengths to fake certain things.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

I have read those reports and have thought to myself that maybe this guy is just causing mischief and is an attention seeker.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Mavovana says we cannot trivialise what Smollet has done claiming that it was a mental issue.

He was self-seeking, he wanted fame, he wanted something out of this and he wanted attention. What I hate about this incident is that he doesn't understand how many people are now under attack because of this. The LGBTI community, black people who are threatened daily in America.

Camagwini Mavovana, Producer - The Eusebius McKaiser Show

Max, a caller says when one is in an environment where certain demographics have been victimised for centuries and find themselves in the current climate, there will be many individuals who will use that victimhood as a sense of power.

That is never to say that this is the majority, we should never include that, but that is very much a human function.

Max, caller

Listen below to the whole conversation around Jussie Smollet


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Big Brother might be watching you through smart street lights

Big Brother might be watching you through smart street lights

Aki Anastasiou looks at super fast 3D Printing, software to detect fake news and smart street lights may be coming for you.

Bosasa's dirty laundry still aired in public and Zuma hits back at critics

Bosasa's dirty laundry still aired in public and Zuma hits back at critics

Former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder continued to give testimony of corruption dealings at the state capture inquiry.

Joining the dots: Angelo Agrizzi, the Watson brothers and the Bosasa backstory

Joining the dots: Angelo Agrizzi, the Watson brothers and the Bosasa backstory

How far back does the Bosasa story go? Investigative journalist Thanduxolo Jika and legal journo Karyn Maughn piece it together.

SundayTimes and former ANN7 journalist set the record straight on fake statement

SundayTimes and former ANN7 journalist set the record straight on fake statement

A message alleged to be from formerANN7 journalist Farida Joyce has been circulated on WhatsApp and social media.

[LISTEN] Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

[LISTEN] Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

'There is a drive to combat the acts of illegal doctors that are performing backyard abortions.' says Dr Shaamilah Suleman

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

The health programme piloted a new tag system at the exit points in a bid to crack down on fake gym visits at a few fitness clubs.

Back to the future! Here's what's in store for 2019...

Back to the future! Here's what's in store for 2019...

A look back at past predictions and what it says about what to expect in 2019.

Africa State of Mind: Best of 2018

Africa State of Mind: Best of 2018

Lee Kasumba has had some amazing conversations with incredible Africans doing extraodinary things on the continent! Catch up on some of her favourite episodes

Popular shoe brand Vans ask Ackermans to remove "knock-offs" from shelves

Popular shoe brand Vans ask Ackermans to remove "knock-offs" from shelves

Vans' brand manager says although this is a recurring problem its main concern is that this particular "fake" is a very close copy.

Don't fall for this online scam advertising a "free trial" of skincare products

Don't fall for this online scam advertising a "free trial" of skincare products

When people agree to a free product, such as eye cream or moisturiser, they have their credit cards charged without authorisation.

New NDPP has work cut out for her after NPA provisionally withdraws Estina case

New NDPP has work cut out for her after NPA provisionally withdraws Estina case

The NPA withdrew the case when all of the accused appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

Tips on how to survive the festive season booze-free

Tips on how to survive the festive season booze-free

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand offers some tips on how to get through the so-called party season without drinking any booze.

Veteran actors Kani and Whitehead to bring a heart-wrenching story to life

Veteran actors Kani and Whitehead to bring a heart-wrenching story to life

John Kani and Robert Whitehead will be starring in the play called Congo The Trial of King Leopold II.

Afroworld View employees left jobless, as DStv shuts it down

Afroworld View employees left jobless, as DStv shuts it down

CWU says 350 workers from Afroworld View will be paid at the end of the month even though the channel has closed.

‘Steinhoff: Inside SA’s Biggest Corporate Crash’ author reveals shocking details

‘Steinhoff: Inside SA’s Biggest Corporate Crash’ author reveals shocking details

Exposed! Blonde mistress, racing horses, unparalleled extravagance… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews James Brent Styan.

Africa State of Mind: From humble beginnings, to a musical empire in Nigeria

Africa State of Mind: From humble beginnings, to a musical empire in Nigeria

Lee chats to Nigerian musician & songwriter Banky W about leaving the US to focus on growing his entertainment empire in Nigeria.

Solutionist Thinking: In Conversation with John Vlismas

Solutionist Thinking: In Conversation with John Vlismas

In the third episode of Solutionist Thinking with RMB, Bruce Whitfield speaks with the ultimate outside insider – John Vlismas.

How Nando’s became a global empire (with 1200 restaurants in 23 countries)

How Nando’s became a global empire (with 1200 restaurants in 23 countries)

Nedbank gave 30 of its young professional clients the opportunity to meet and learn from Nando’s legendary founder Robbie Brozin.

Preserving Ghana's rich cultural heritage

Preserving Ghana's rich cultural heritage

Discover the fascinating story of the Ashanti Warrior Queen, Nana Yaa Asantewaa and how Ghana is preserving her memory.

Suspicion over Van Breda's new epilepsy diagnosis, trial postponed until 2018

Suspicion over Van Breda's new epilepsy diagnosis, trial postponed until 2018

Court proceedings in the Henri van Breda murder trial have been postponed until 12 February next year for closing arguments.

'There is almost nowhere you can get proper Durban curry in a posh setting'

'There is almost nowhere you can get proper Durban curry in a posh setting'

How to stay at home in Gauteng and fake a weekend in Durban – or have a real weekend in Durban if you are really, really lucky.

Karan Beef bring an excusive dining experience to the 702 studios!

Karan Beef bring an excusive dining experience to the 702 studios!

Kelley Venter got an exclusive Black Coffee performance over and above her unique dinner experience at the 702 studios.

The world is awash in counterfeit money (1 in 30 British pounds are fake)

The world is awash in counterfeit money (1 in 30 British pounds are fake)

SA officials seized R18.5m worth of fake money between 2012 and 2015. It’s a global problem worse than you probably realise.

Popular articles
Datsun Go is the cheapest car to maintain in South Africa

Datsun Go is the cheapest car to maintain in South Africa

The Toyota Etios has the cheapest "crash parts". The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Domestic workers are entitled to 21 consecutive days of paid annual leave'

'Domestic workers are entitled to 21 consecutive days of paid annual leave'

Socio-Economic Rights Institute's Kelebogile Khunou says for living-in workers you cannot deduct more than 10% for accommodation.

The EFF is behaving like Zodwa Wabantu in Parliament, caller tells Eusebius

The EFF is behaving like Zodwa Wabantu in Parliament, caller tells Eusebius

702 listeners on the Eusebius McKaiser show share their views on the conduct of the political parties during the Sona debate.

[WATCH] SA youth choir shines on America's Got Talent with 'My African Dream'

[WATCH] SA youth choir shines on America's Got Talent with 'My African Dream'

The Ndlovu Youth Choir's beautiful performance got 4 yesses from the judges, including Simon Cowell!

TymeBank CEO Sandile Shabalala quits

TymeBank CEO Sandile Shabalala quits

Shabalala says he wants to spend more time with his family. Bruce Whitfield interviews portfolio manager Kokkie Kooyman (Denker).

Average salary in SA is R6400 per month, but 70% of workers earn less

Average salary in SA is R6400 per month, but 70% of workers earn less

About 29% of workers earn less than the R3500 national minimum wage, says Anish Shivdasani, CEO at Giraffe.

Discovery Health acted illegally and a patient died - Medical law consultant

Discovery Health acted illegally and a patient died - Medical law consultant

Shafrudeen Amod from Medisyn Clinical Consulting says the scheme could have paid the patient directly.

Investec gives staff unlimited leave days and freedom to wear what they want

Investec gives staff unlimited leave days and freedom to wear what they want

The bank rewards innovation with substantial bonuses and pays according to output not hours at work, says Lesley-Anne Gatter.