The prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case raised a lot of eyebrows during his closing argument, by using the phrase “monkeyed around” while referring to the famous defendant.
Prosecutor Dan Webb was trying to make a point that Jussie kept a noose around his neck for a long, long time until police showed up at his apartment. He told the jury Jussie “monkeyed around” with the rope.
The phrase led to groans from Jussie’s family. several of them shaking their heads in disgust. The jury heard and saw all of this play out … and it certainly didn’t score points for the prosecution that tried to prove the alleged racial attack on him was fake.
This isn’t the first time the prosecutor got schooled for a racial misstep. Just 2 days ago Jussie called him out in court for reading some of his texts and using full n-word.
The prosecutor actually backed down and had Jussie read the texts. Smollett is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for making what prosecutors say was a false police report about the alleged attack – one count for each time he gave a report to three different officers.
The jury is currently deliberating. If convicted Jussie could face years in prison. The class four felony carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if Smollett is convicted he probably would be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service.