According to a report from PageSix, Jussie Smollett recently broke his silence on Instagram with a post in honor of one of the winners at this year’s Tony Award’s ceremony.
It’s been approximately six months since Jussie was involved in a hate-crime incident, which turned out to be a hoax claims the Chicago Police Department as well as the Mayor of Chicago. On Monday, Mr. Smollett shared a video of a speech given by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, a playwright.
Smollett captioned the speech video with the message, “So much #PRIDE.” For the most part, Jussie has remained extremely quiet on social media, ever since it was revealed by the Chicago PD that he self-orchestrated a hate-crime against himself for personal gain.
You can check out Smollett’s post below:
After the Chicago Police Department dedicated a lot of time and energy into Jussie’s case, they quickly revealed it was all fake, with the actor reportedly paying two Nigerian-American brothers to attack him the streets one night after he left Subway to return home.
On the 20th of February, the police charged the Empire star with filing a false police report. He was facing 16 counts of disorderly conduct, which were eventually dropped by the Chicago prosecutor, Kim Foxx, much to Donald Trump’s chagrin.
After Foxx eliminated Jussie’s legal troubles, the actor stood before reporters and maintained his innocence, saying he has been “truthful and consistent” since the very first day of the media spectacle. Smollett later lost his job on Empire.
Multiple reports suggested afterward Jussie would be coming back on to the set of Lee Daniel’s series, however, the creator, Daniels, took to Twitter to dispell these claims. The showrunner directly stated Mr. Smollett would not be rehired on Empire.
Regarding the actor’s legal troubles, Smollett reportedly has to pay the Chicago PD approximately $130,000 for wasted man-hours and tax-payer dollars.
While most individuals on social media condemned Smollett’s alleged behavior, some people in the entertainment industry have been understanding, including Anthony Anderson as well as his co-star, Taraji P. Henson.