"I did feel for him", Styles said.
Real life doesn't happen that way. Jason Styles is a black gay man who lives in the Denver area. They don't hurl perfectly scripted insults.
"I believe Mr. Smollett wanted it on camera", Johnson said.
The visit came shortly after Smollett appeared in court for a hearing after surrendering to authorities that morning. It reportedly concluded with an interview with a 98-year-old whose brother was a victim of Lynching in 1939.
Were the news media too credulous in their initial reporting about Smollett's claim? Smollett had suffered some minor injuries and been treated at a hospital.
"You know what you should've did?"
Smollett faces up to three years in prison if convicted in the case, which has become fodder for the culture wars that have roiled the United States since Donald Trump's 2016 election. But nobody knew that at first. That reunion of sorts was tense and "very stressful for everyone", a well placed source tells me as the actor met with various creatives and cast members of the Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard led Empire.
"I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed", Harris' response said in part.
Brothers Abel and Ola - who were seen on surveillance footage the night of the incident and later questioned by police - were arrested and questioned by police last week but were released after telling police about the alleged hoax. The story was shaky from the beginning, and a little early caution would have made unnecessary a lot of eventual backpedaling.
The president's critics have said his rhetoric has fueled racism and violence, while his supporters say the press has unfairly cast Trump and his supporters in a bad light.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were 7,175 hate-crime incidents in this country in 2017 - a big jump from 2016, when there were 6,121 such incidents.
"A lot of the time, people on the background were anxious that [the police] were leaning into this victim part of the story, because they didn't believe him, and they wanted to use it against him at the end when they were able to prove that he was lying", he said.
"The left is nothing but phony hate crimes, phony alleged hate crimes, phony charges, made-up stories", Limbaugh said.
Allegedly Smollett paid his fake assailants via check and communicated with them via his own cellphone, but Chuck isn't able to get to those details before Ernie cuts him off, presumably before he can incriminate himself further.
Trump didn't actually put words in Smollett's mouth, though.
Chicago Police Supt. Johnson was terrific. The police played up Smollett as a victim at the beginning in order to "use it against him at the end", Stafford said.