"Jussie, you wasted all that time and money. You know what you should've did? Just went up in Liam Neeson's neighborhood," Barkley said.
Earlier this month, while speaking with Clémence Michallon for The Independent," Liam Neeson made a startling revelation by saying that he looked for a random black person to kill after finding out someone he knew was raped.
"She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way," Neeson said. "But my immediate reaction was...I asked, did she know who it was? 'No.' What color were they? She said, 'It was a black person.'" He continued: "I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody—I'm ashamed to say that—and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] 'black bastard' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could," another pause, "kill him."
He faces up to three years in prison if he's found guilty.
"Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system," Smollett's legal team wrote in a statement. "The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election. Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing."