Cardi B says Jussie Smollett ‘f***ed up Black History Month’ with alleged staged attack

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Rapper Cardi B did not mince words in an Instagram live video over the weekend when she brought up actor Jussie Smollett.

In the ever-evolving story surrounding the alleged attack on Smollett, sources and rumors persist that Smollett himself was involved.

While talking to her fans in the video, Cardi B brought the story up: ‘I’m really disappointed in Jussie Smollett — whatever the fuck his name is.’

She continued, bringing up the significance of this happening in February: ‘I feel like he fucked up Black History Month, bro. God damn.’

Her comments didn’t end there, though, as she fell short of totally blaming him. She said he could have been framed as lying about the attack.

‘I’m not gonna say yet until he say it out his mouth that it was fake and this shit was staged — I don’t want to completely blame him. But, if he’s not, then bro you fucked up for real, like why would you do that? You ain’t had to do that.’

Latest updates

Empire star Smollett, 36, was allegedly attacked in late January in Chicago. First reports indicated two white men in MAGA hats attacked him and put a noose around his neck.

Then speculation arose, positing the attack as staged. Smollett vehemently denied this in an interview — as did Chicago police and Fox, the network which airs Empire.

Last Friday (15 February), Chicago police arrested two suspects before releasing them with no charges.

The suspects, brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, told investigators Smollett paid them to help stage the attack. They did this after police reportedly confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope used as a noose.

Through his lawyers, Smollett continues to deny this: ‘As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.’

Both police and FBI investigating

Chicago police are continuing to investigate the case and the FBI is now involved as well.

According to ABC News, the Osundairos claimed Smollett staged the attack after a racist and homophobic letter threatening him was sent to Fox and he felt it did not get enough attention.

Now, however, the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Smollett was involved in sending the letter.

The letter is currently within the FBI’s possession for analysis.

Chicago police department’s Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi released a statement E! News: ‘We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.’

Authorities have not confirmed allegations of a staged attack, nor have they made any charges or further arrests.

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R. Kelly’s lawyer says Lady Gaga is exploiting the singer to win an Oscar

Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star Is Born

Singer R. Kelly is continuing to face a reckoning from other celebrities and now his lawyer is getting involved.

This week, singer and actor Lady Gaga issued a statement regarding R. Kelly. In 2013, she recorded a song with the rapper, who is now facing sexual abuse allegations, Do What U Want (With My Body).

Gaga said she will remove the song from streaming platforms and added she made the song and video ‘at a dark time in my life’.

‘I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time,’ her statement continued. She also said she stands by the women accusing Kelly.

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, claimed his client has done nothing wrong and accused Gaga of exploiting him.

Background and exploitation claims

Kelly’s career has been dogged by accusations and scandals for years, beginning with his alleged marriage to then 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994.

In 2017, accusations of abuse came to head when BuzzFeed News published a report about parents accusing Kelly of keeping their daughters in an abusive sex cult.

This month, Lifetime debuted a six-part docuseries titled Surviving R. Kelly detailing the various accusations against the singer.

Fellow singer John Legend appeared in the docuseries and said it wasn’t courageous or ‘risky’ for him to appear.

‘I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision,’ he wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, he said Kelly’s career should be destroyed over this, similar to Harvey Weinstein.

Greenberg is the latest to speak out on the topic.

In a statement issued to Access, he directly responded to Gaga’s statement. He said her statement exploits Kelly in an effort to win an Oscar. Gaga is currently on the awards circuit for her performance and music in the movie A Star Is Born.

Greenberg stated: ‘Mr. Kelly appreciates that she recognized his immense talent and collaborated with him to help her career, but finds it regrettable that she is now exploiting this controversy to try and help her in her effort to win an Oscar.’

In a more general statement, he said people are now exploiting his client ‘for their 15 minutes of TMZ fame’.

More figures and celebrities speak up

Kelly’s estranged daughter, Buku Abi, issued a statement on her Instagram story.

‘I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,’ she said. ‘The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.’

Meanwhile, on Instagram, Cara Delevingne revealed she lost 50,000 followers after speaking out against Kelly.

‘Every time I say something real, something I truly believe, something others may think of as controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers,’ she wrote. ‘The followers I lose clearly don’t agree with what I have to say, people that support the ideas and actions of others who are moving backwards and not forwards.’

She also added she wants to speak up more because ‘silence causes suppression and suppression causes sickness’.

‘In 2019, I want to be more confrontational. Confrontation IS NOT VIOLENCE btw, it’s communication. Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year.’

Finally, Christina Aguilera, who recorded a duet with Gaga of Do What U Want, praised Gaga on Instagram.

‘I embrace all survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse holding a special place in my heart, and you @ladygaga, for doing the right thing!’ she wrote.

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