Jussie Smollett: Actor maintains his innocence


Jussie Smollett has maintained that he’s innocent ahead of a court hearing.

In an Instagram Live interview with US author Marc Lamoth-Hill, the actor said the last two years had been “beyond frustrating”.

“They won’t let this go, it doesn’t matter. There is an example being made.”

“The sad part is it’s an example being made of someone that didn’t do what they’re being accused of,” he said.

The former Empire actor is involved in an ongoing criminal case with the city of Chicago.

He has been accused of staging an attack on himself for publicity, something he has always denied.

In January 2019, Chicago police said they were investigating a suspected racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett by two masked men.

The authorities said the actor was punched in the face, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck.

He was arrested in February of the same year, with police accusing him of paying two brothers to carry out the attack “to promote his career” because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”.

But, in March, after an emergency court appearance, all charges against him were dropped.



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