CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony

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CHICAGO, IL — Actor Jussie Smollett reportedly testified at his own trial that CNN anchorman Don Lemon allegedly tipped him off that police were not believing his story of being a victim of a hate crime.

Under oath, Smollett reportedly claimed that Lemon had texted him in 2019 to inform the actor that the Chicago Police Department was not buying his version of events in which he claimed he was attacked by two racist, white Trump supporters, essentially throwing the anchorman under the bus.

Reports suggest that Smollett fabricated the whole situation with his Nigerian friends, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.

However, the brothers claimed that Smollett actually paid them to beat him up.

Strangely, a relationship between one of the brothers and Smollett was established by the actor’s own defense team.

The defense team had suggested that the actor had a sexual relationship with Abimbola, who also goes by Abel, and that the pair masturbated in bathhouses together, according to a report by Daily Mail.

Smollett admitted to hooking up at a gay bathhouse and engaging in kinky behavior together, according to the report:

“We went alone, we got a private room again. 

“We made out a little bit, and this time we masturbated together.”

Yet, despite the alleged intimacy, Smollett claimed that both brothers were the ones who staged the attack, according to Daily Mail’s report:

“Smollett now believes the Osundairo brothers staged the attack because they wanted to scare him into hiring them as his security guards.

“On Tuesday, in a hail Mary attempt to salvage the case, he testified that the pair decided to beat him up because they wanted to hire him for security.

“He maintained that he never intentionally lied to police, that everything he said was true, and that he never wanted to involve the authorities because he believes cops to be racist and bigoted.  

“‘One, I am a black man in America. I do not trust police … I am also a well-known figure and I’m openly gay … I want to play a boxer, I want to play a superhero … the moment I got beat I become a f****t who got his ass whooped,’ he told the court.

“Abel and Ola have testified, along with police officers and detectives, that Smollett lied to boost his profile after producers on the set of Empire, the show he worked on, didn’t take seriously enough a threatening letter he received.”

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, according to a report by Daily Mail.

The class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if Smollett is convicted he likely would be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service, according to Daily Mail’s report.

Incredibly, during a “Good Morning America” interview, which Smollett later acknowledged regretting participating in, the actor told interviewer Robin Roberts that he definitively identified surveillance footage of the Osundairo brothers as the men who attacked him.

Smollett told Roberts he was allegedly “heartbroken” when he discovered people questioned his version of the truth:

“I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more, and that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.

“It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth, you don’t even want to see the truth.”

Oddly, Smollett also indicated that he was pressured to participate in the ABC interview by competitor FOX:

“I worked for a very powerful network, FOX. They told me to do the interview.”

Incredibly, according to a report by Daily Mail, one of Smollett’s gay friends, fanboy Don Lemon, tried to warn him that his story was not believable:

“Lemon, who is also gay, is said to have warned Smollett back in 2019 that Chicago Police Detectives were dubious about his story that he’d been beaten in the middle of the night by two white men wearing MAGA hats.

“Smollett told his trial yesterday that Lemon warned him that Chicago PD detectives had told him they didn’t believe the story.” 

Interestingly, Lemon did not mention his alleged involvement of interfering with a police investigation in the Smollett case on his own show earlier this week.

Nicholas Fondacaro, the deputy Managing Editor of the American Media Research Center, criticized Lemon and his guest, alleged journalist Omar Jiminez, for ignoring Smollett’s testimony:

“At 10-to-midnight, Don Lemon and Omar Jiminez finally discuss the Jussie Smollett trial.

“But neither ‘journalist’ mentioned how Smollett testified under oath that Lemon tipped him off to police skepticism of his hoax claims.

“The whole segment lasted 5 minutes and 7 seconds.”

When doubts started to be raised about Smollett’s publicly denounced hate attack in 2019, Lemon had told his audience it was “personal” since he and Smollett had become close.

Lemon also said Smollett was “innocent until proven guilty,” but that if he had lied, he lied “to a lot of people, including me. And that’s not cool.”

Lemon also said:

“He squandered the good will of very high-profile people who one day may be running this country like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and people like President Trump.”

In 2019, Lemon also noted that Smollett had “lost the fight in the court of public opinion.”

Still, Lemon defended Smollett and said:

“He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don’t know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives.

“Who knows? But it was handled poorly.”

News that Lemon allegedly used his position as a CNN anchor to get inside information about Smollett’s investigation comes shortly after the network fired Chris Cuomo for his using CNN connections to help his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was accused of multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

CNN fired Cuomo for his involvement in advising his scandal-plagued brother and crafting statements for him and using his position as a journalist to investigate the former governor’s accusers.

Now, Cuomo is reportedly threatening to sue the network for $18 million, which he allegedly claimed remains a part of his contract:

“Chris Cuomo is now threatening to sue the network for $18 million, which he says remains on his contract.

“He claims CNN’s Jeff Zucker was completely clued in on his role in his brother’s strategy to fight the sexual harassment claims, and that he is not being hung out to dry.  

“Unnamed sources yesterday told The New York Post that the network has ‘no intention’ of paying Cuomo out of his settlement.”

Lemon’s acquaintances have been troubling for him.

Still, Lemon defended Chris Cuomo and called him one of the “nicest people” he had ever met.

CNN insiders told Radar that Lemon allegedly fell to his knees and was “inconsolable’” when he found out that his friend and co-worker, Chris Cuomo, had been suspended from the network.

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

CNN anchor Don Lemon allegedly tipped off Jussie Smollett about cops, according to actor’s own testimony
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This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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