Openly gay Hollywood star best known for his appearance in hit Tv series, Empire, Jussie Smollett, comes out to chat in an exclusive interview for the first time about the uproar around his alleged assault in 2019.
The former Empire star, 38, appeared late Wednesday night in an Instagram Live chat with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, during which he opened up about his pending court proceedings.
Smollett was first charged with 16 counts of disorderly behaviour in March 2019 for falsely making a false complaint alleging that two men assaulted him on January 29, 2019, throwing racial and homophobic insults and sporting Make America Great Again (MAGA) caps.
He pleaded not guilty to charges that he was lying to investigators about the attack, which prosecutors later believed he had orchestrated with two friends to attract attention to himself and boost his pay in the Empire hit show ..
The allegations against Smollett were dismissed later the same month by the Cook County State Attorney's office, Kim Foxx.
The case was revisited later in February, and Smollett pled not guilty to a six-count indictment. Smollett has repeatedly disputed any misconduct in court, as the lawsuit countinues.
Smollett said the situation has been "frustrating, to say the least," when he joined about 40 minutes into Hill's hour-long livestream.
"It's been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue," he said about publicly commenting on the case.
"I'm still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don't really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. ... It's so much bigger than me."
Smollett said that what has happened to him over the past two years has "humbled me."
He claimed that his legal team filed a motion against his indictment that will be reviewed today Thursday, September 10 in court.
"I believe I have to give it up to God," the actor said, though he admitted he doesn't think he would succeed.
"They won't let this go," he said. "It doesn't matter, there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there's an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of."
He later addressed claims that he orchestrated the hate crime to garner attention :
"From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything."
Smollett added "there would be no reason for me to do this" and "this is bulls---," "The last thing i want to do is be portrayed as a victim."