Jussie Smollett was spotted hiding in public while going to a restaurant on Thursday. The Empire actor claims he is the victim of a MAGA-related hate crime that targeted him for his race and sexual orientation. Two men who were once viewed as suspects and Chicago authorities say that’s not the case. While Smollett is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, it will be up to a jury of his peers to determine if Jussie Smollett faked, planned, and paid Abel and Ola Osundairo to shout MAGA slurs at him, douse him with bleach, and put a noose around his neck, all so Smollett could get a bigger paycheck from Fox Networks.
While Smollett is certainly under fire with millions saying he ruined black history month and shamed those who have been legitimate victims of anti-LGBTQ views and racism, it doesn’t seem to be enough to keep him behind closed doors.
The Internet went wild when the first photos of Smollett surfaced on various news outlets, though it was hard to actually see Smollett due to his hiding his face and ducking behind his bodyguard.
The Blast was first to capture the photos.
EXCLUSIVE: Jussie Smollett seen for the first time since his arrest. https://t.co/AguT5qePaK
— The Blast (@TheBlastNews) March 1, 2019
Due to the publicity surrounding Smollett when he got out of jail on bail, there’s plenty to indicate that the man hiding behind the large jacket is in fact Jussie.
Besides the bodyguard, Jussie went out to eat with his family and was seen getting out of the same SUV he used for transportation to and from the Cook County courthouse.
If you missed any of Jussie Smollett’s original court appearance and coverage you can watch it on demand in the video player below.
— Michael Murray (@guardia72014383) February 21, 2019
Jussie Smollett’s story of being victimized by a hate crime gripped the nation and caused an outpouring of support from celebrities and even President Donald Trump.
Now he is on the receiving end of bitter backlash with very few believing his story. Still, he must face a court of law to determine the true facts of the case.
Jussie Smollett next appears in court on March 12, 2019.
What do you think of the Jussie Smollett case? Do you believe he is innocent or guilty?