Stephen Colbert poked fun at the Jussie Smollett case on Tuesday’s “Late Show” after the actor was cleared of all charges.
Colbert told viewers: “For those of you who have not been following the story, let me catch you up. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on. This doesn’t make any sense.”
Despite the state attorney’s Office dropping the charges against the star over the alleged racist and homophobic hoax attack, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson are among those who still insist justice has not been served.
Colbert continued, “He said it was a hate crime and I believe him, because I hate talking about this story.
“Yes, it is wrong. But on the other hand, isn’t it a hopeful sign for America that regardless of your race or sexual orientation, all rich, famous people get off easily?
“I believe it was Martin Luther King who said, ‘I have a dream that one day, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will hire the very best publicists to leverage their social media profile, escape charges, and then make a big comeback on “The Masked Singer”!'”
Smollet spoke about the allegations at a press conference Tuesday, insisting he had “been truthful and consistent since Day 1” despite the comments made by the Chicago police.