Search the Archive

Chicago, Illinois / Smollett Hate Crime / The Charges / A Discussion #1135032

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(New York: Randi Kaye) The criminal investigation in Chicago of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett with police charging him with a felony for filing a false police report reviewed; details given of the confession from the two brothers hired by Smollett. [Feb. 14, with ABC's Robin Roberts, SMOLLETT - asks who would make this up.] [Cook County state's attorney Risa LANIER†- comments on the set up of the staged attack by the brothers, who also provided Smollett with drugs.] [Police Supt. Eddie JOHNSON - asks why an African American would use a noose as symbolism, that he paid for this staged attack.] Surveillance shown of the brothers buying supplies & the Smollett MAGA letter shown. The various evidence police have about Smollett's dealings with the brothers discussed; scenes shown of Smollett leaving the courthouse.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement on behalf of Smollett quoted. Live discussion held with CNN's "New York Times" Charles Blow & legal analyst Paul Callan about the Smollett case. [BLOW - offers views on how Jussie had something he wanted to say if he has any defense, the police manhours being put into this case, how President Trump was involved.] [CALLAN - offers views on the aggressive defense in light of a pile of evidence with some crazy contentions being made, the state & federal penalties for this crime.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.