Celebrity and strong supporter of Trumps global LGBTQ initiative Clay Aiken believes that Smollett should pay for his crimes if convicted.
According to The Hill, Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken said Monday that “Empire” star Jussie Smollett should be “made an example of” if the accusations he staged a hate crime prove to be true.
“I don’t want to rush to judgment — that said, if it bears out and the evidence shows that it’s proven in a court, that he did what the Chicago police are saying he’s done, I do hope that … we do make an example of him,” Aiken told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
“There is an instinct sometimes for high-profile people to get probation and I don’t believe that this is a situation at all to not be made an example of,” he added.
Smollett who is black and gay, claimed last month that he was the victim of a racist attack in Chicago. The actor said that one of his attackers shouted “This is MAGA country,” in a reference to Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan.
He also claimed the attackers put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.
Chicago police now allege that Smollett staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”
Aiken, who is an LGBTQ advocate, said that he would be “disappointed” if Smollett is found guilty and not held accountable for his actions, comparing the actor’s case to the highly publicized trial of Martha Stewart. [Read More]
You can see Aiken’s Interview here at Hill.TV