Andre Hope, a juror on the Jussie Smollett case, said he thought it was odd that Smollett put the noose back on for police after the hoax attack.
Hope, 63, was the only black juror. He said Smollett's narrative did not make sense and noted that he was still uncertain about a motive.
"As an African American person, I'm not putting that noose back on at all," Hope said in an interview with ABC 7.
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Smollett was found guilty last Thursday on five out of six charges for lying to officials over a hate crime he staged against himself. Smollett allegedly hired two brothers to conduct a fake attack on him. He claimed assailants tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and beat him. After police questioned the brothers and went through phone records, authorities charged Smollett with filing a false police report.
Hope, who said he had not seen Empire, the show Smollett starred on, argued that the evidence against Smollett was "overwhelming." He said the jury never argued and was never deadlocked over the case. He said that it took its time during deliberations.
Hope also said he wished there were other African Americans assigned to the jury on the case.
"How can we say that this is a jury of your peers when there's only one African American?" Hope said. "African Americans can handle the truth, too. And we can give an impartial judgment on a case."
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Smollett has yet to be sentenced. He is currently out on bond and set to appear in court Jan. 27. He faces up to three years in prison.
Hope also said he believes Smollett does not deserve prison time and hopes he gets a second chance in Hollywood.