The past few days haven’t been particularly good ones for Smollett in court. He admitted to cocaine-fueled trysts with one of the attackers, the attackers continue to claim he paid them to do it, and no one seems to believe his story that it was a race-based attack.
Then another problem cropped up. His text messages, which were evidence being read in court, were so full of racial slurs that Smollett had to ask the prosecutor to stop saying the N-word while quoting his text messages and instead abbreviate the word.
Webb: I don't intend to do that sort.. you can read your messages aloud.
Smollett then reads his own message
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) December 7, 2021
According to Fox, which was doing live reporting on the trial, this is what happened when the prosecutor, Dan Web, read from Smollett’s messages to enter them into evidence and help show that he and the two brothers he allegedly paid to attack him went through a “dry run” of the attack:
Webb showed and read from private Instagram messages between Bola Osundairo and Smollett in which the latter kept updating Bola on his whereabouts and flight delay information on the night of the attack, making the case that he was working with him to time out the planned attack. Some of the messages included the use of the N-word, prompting Smollett to interrupt the prosecutor to ask him to spell or abbreviate the word so as not to offend “every African American in this room.”
Furthermore, according to the Daily Wire, which also reported on the matter, “Webb then invited Smollett to read his own messages before the court, but said he would not comply with Smollett’s request. Smollett reportedly complied with the offer.”
Apparently, the dispute ended there, with Smollett reading his own, slur-filled texts.