Jussie Smollett returns to social media for Pride month since alleged attack. Comments are disabled for his posts.
Smollett had been quiet after his claim to be the victim of an alleged hate crime.
January: The incident and support
The actor was allegedly attacked by two masked men at 2 am on 29 January. He was punched in the face according to the Chicago police. He also had a rope wrapped around his neck while having a ‘chemical substance’ poured on him. Smollett also informed them that the attackers referred to ‘Make America Great Again’. This slogan is used by President Trump and his supporters. Doctors later confirmed that he was alright.
Towards the end of January, the 33-year-old began receiving huge support from celebrities. Including Empire co-stars and creator who posted an emotional message on Instagram and said “Hold your head up Jussie. I’m with you.” Additionally, by the end of January, the police investigating the incident were in search of details to confirm the MAGA references made by the attackers from the actor’s phone. The singer had mentioned to them that he was on the phone with his manager at the time of the alleged hate crime. However, he refused to hand over his phone.
February: Smollett charged by police for filing a false police report
Throughout February, the situation escalated towards Smollett staging a hate crime. The Chicago police posted updates on the case through Twitter
Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019
Police arrested Jussie Smollett on 21st February. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated at a press conference that Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” being dissatisfied by his salary. They claimed that he had staged the attack by paying the suspects, the Osundairo brothers, who were extras on Empire. President Trump also called the actors comments “racist and dangerous” in a tweet. In addition, Smollett was suspended from the series Empire.
March: Charges dropped and Empire returns
Smollett reappeared in court to plead not guilty. The Empire creator also spoke up on the situation through Instagram, stating that he and his team were not sure about how to deal with the situation. He expresses his frustration in the following post:
The police dropped the charges soon. His lawyer stated, “He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator.” He further added that his record “has been wiped clean.” Though Smollett received continuous criticism from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel about dragging the city’s reputation “through the mud”.
April: The singer and legal team Sued
Chicago police had ordered Smollett to pay $130,000 for the overtime work. Smollett refused to pay the money and was later sued. The actor was still believed to have staged the alleged hate crime. The Osundairo brothers also sued his legal team for defamation. By the end of the month, Tv network Fox confirmed that they have no plan for Jamal, the character played by Smollett to return to the show.
June: Jussie Smollett returns to social media
Before the 33-years-old’s post on Instagram, Lee Daniels confirmed that the actor will not be returning to the popular show Empire.
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) June 4, 2019
Earlier, Smollett posted the following post for Pride month and had the comments disabled. The singer posted a clip from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s speech on 2019 Tony Awards from his introduction of the play Choir Boy. The cast had dedicated a performance to Smollett previously in January.
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The police have dropped the charges.