Good Morning America host Robin Roberts is reacting to news of Jussie Smollett being arrested and being charged with filing a false police report, which she says is a “set back for race relations.”

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During Thursday’s episode of GMA Roberts says that Smollett’s actions will make it harder for victims to be believed.

“It’s a setback for race relations, homophobia, MAGA supporters. I cannot think of another case where there is this anger on so many sides, and you can understand why there would be.”


ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams informed Roberts that her interview for with Smollett would likely be used as evidence as the investigation continues.

Roberts went on to say that the interview took place before “the brothers” were being investigated.

“At the time, on Tuesday, police officers were saying that his account was consistent, it was credible, and that he was being cooperative,” Roberts said. “Now this was all before the interview aired on Thursday, and then we found out about the brothers.”

As previously reported the two brothers who claim they helped Smollett stage the attack were identified as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. They allege that they were paid 3,500 via check by the Empire actor before the attack for training

Smollett is out on a $100,00 bond.