Ex-Jury member bashes ‘white-supremacist’ Smollett, reveals he got into heated argument with coworker

The juror in the Jussie Smollett case who has come under criticism from friends and family for not convicting the actor was interviewed for a 60 Minutes report to be aired Sunday.

The judge has now warned jurors that they should be cautious about talking about their experience.

“This was a delicate matter,” Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during the brief pretrial hearing. “I hope that some of the facts that have been reported in the press are not the complete picture.”

Related Image Expand / Contract Jussie Smollett (pictured on Friday)

Travis Simms, a 28-year-old Houston medical researcher, was one of the jurors who convicted Smollett for using a noxious substance to cause great bodily harm.

Now, he said he feels bad that friends and family have blamed him for the not guilty verdict — and even suggested that he had gotten into an argument with a former coworker.

He told Anderson Cooper: “Everybody in my office and everybody at my church thinks I’m a murderer. “

Despite that, he said he believes the entire case was nothing more than a plot hatched by Smollett on a troubled actor who can’t land a series gig in Chicago.

“When this guy got out, the first thing he did was celebrate. Like, he basically checked the criminal society,” Simms said. “He celebrates and applauds the fact that he tricked people, and nobody could believe him. I mean this is a situation where they did the right thing.”

“Why would you fake a hate crime?” he added. “Why would you go around and fake something? … Why would you go around and say ‘hey black man, I don’t like you’ and then take a shard of glass and beat up the n-word? I don’t get it.”

Smollett, who also has starred in “Empire,” is on trial for allegedly concocting the storyline of an assault on himself to boost his career. Prosecutors and prosecutors said they were convinced of Smollett’s guilt when they saw how quickly he called 911 and went to a hospital after the alleged attack.

The former juror admitted he originally was hesitant to convict Smollett on the charge of using a noxious substance to cause great bodily harm.

“If I was a civil rights group, I would want an indictment,” Simms said. “From a moral standpoint, if the blacks were being thrown out of their houses and beaten up every day, we would want something done.”

However, when he realized he could not understand what he was hearing, he changed his mind.

“What came into my mind when I looked at Jussie as a guy who is crying and being petrified by this entire situation, crying, I was like, ‘well, Jussie, I can’t be convinced,'” he said. “I have to put myself in the shoes of those who are being falsely accused, like other African-Americans who have been wrongly accused in the past and feel uncomfortable and helpless, and when I think about that, that might make some sense.”

Simms said he also found it odd that the prosecution described a noxious substance as a bleach-like substance, which he said is a stronger word than lemon-scented bleach.

Prosecutors argued Smollett had expressed “agitated” anger about white Americans during two telephone calls with his siblings during the summer, and then later attacked himself in an apartment complex in Chicago.

However, Smollett said the attack was staged, and that he had just as much reason to be angry. Smollett has also said he wanted to make a political statement about the state of the American dream.

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