Trevor Noah on Jussie Smollet attack: It 'was always a little bit weird'

Trevor Noah on Jussie Smollet attack: It 'was always a little bit weird'

"You have to admit, there’s a certain part of the story that was always a little weird,” Trevor Noah says about Jussie Smollett's alleged attack.  

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Trevor Noah weighed in on the latest drama surrounding "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett during Monday night's episode of "The Daily Show". 

Jussie's alleged attack continues to make headlines around the world after a surprising twist.

The star was allegedly attacked by two Trump supporters who tied a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him while hurling racial and homophobic slurs. The attackers apparently recognised him from his "Empire". 

Several media outlets are now reporting that the actor staged the 2:00am Chicago attack with two Nigerian brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who worked on his hit TV show. One of the men is reportedly Jussie's personal trainer. 

A law enforcement source told TMZ that the brothers confessed the attack was fake, claiming Jussie paid them $3,500 (approximately R49,600). While police are yet to confirm the latest developments, the brothers were arrested and released last week without charge. 

Officials hinted that "new evidence" obtained during their questioning "shifted the trajectory" of the investigation. Jussie has denied he staged the new claims and insists he was attacked. 

Trevor is one of many people now questioning the actor's story.

"... the police now believe Smollett staged his own attack—which would be insane, but you have to admit, there’s a certain part of the story that was always a little weird. Like, who are the MAGA supporters who hate gay people, who hate Black people, but also happen to watch Empire? Like, I’ve heard of hate-watching but that s**t would be next-level. That’s like a member of the Klan buying tickets to Fiddler on the Roof, " The Daily Beast quoted him as saying.

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The South African comedian says there is one part of Jussie's story that does make sense. 

“This story is so weird. I don’t care who you are, this is a weird story, because now they’re saying that Jussie rehearsed the attack a few days before it happened. And look, I’m not gonna lie, that’s the one part of the story that actually makes sense to me, because if I was paying these two to beat me up... I would want to practice too," he joked.

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