The alleged attack of actor Jussie Smollet has been nothing short of a back and forth mystery. While most thought the case was settled, assigned special prosecutor Dan K. Webb has recently announced that all investigations have only now been concluded and the decision has been made to further prosecute the Empire co-star. Jussie in turn has pleaded not guilty.
The case was thought to be over when prosecutors dropped all charges and the actor forfeited his $10,000 bond in March 2019.
With last Tuesday’s new decision the public is more than confused about what to believe.
If you can recall, all current charges originate from Smollet’s highly publicized alleged attack in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood dating back to January 2019, while filming the Fox show Empire. While he has claimed to be a victim of a hate crime, suffering a racist and homophobic attack by his own account, authorities standby their claim that the attack was staged and he was charged by a grand jury with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report. Most of these charges we later dropped.
According to sources, the criminal charges against the actor were brought on by the statement of the Osundairo Brothers who claimed to have been hired by Smollet to fake the attack. However, Jussie stands by his word and is now suing the City of Chicago to recoup costs incurred by the investigation. There is no word on how these new allegations will affect his countersuit, but it is safe to say that the investigation has largely affected both his singing and acting careers.
While Jussie Smollet played Jamal Lyon – the talented gay singer-songwriter and middle son to leads Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Taraji P. Henson (Loretha “Cookie” Lyon), his character was removed short of ending the fifth season following his charges.
While Taraji P. Henson received a Golden Globe for her performance on the hit show, Smollet’s career blunder resulted in his further removal from the final two seasons of the series though the actor was on his way to a dominating role.
Fans remain active on the @jussie.smollet.updates Instagram fan page, which now has 76.7k followers supporting #standwithjussie. However, there have been no words from Jussie Smollet on social media or otherwise. Though he has still taken a stance and continued his presence in the LGBT community, his Instagram account has remained largely inactive since June 2019.
He has been quoted with saying “When the truth is on your side, you know everything will be fine”. While the truth is largely unknown, we all await the outcome of this long going investigation.