I am sure you have all heard about the Jussie Smollet situation. For those who don’t know who he is, Jussie Smollet is an actor on Fox’s hit show Empire, as well as a singer.
Earlier this year, news broke about an alleged hate crime that Jussie faced in January. Allegedly, at 2 am in the morning, he was attacked by two homophobic and racist white men. This was an important detail because there are attacks against the LGBTQIA+ community and against Black men every year. Sometimes, these attacks lead to death. It’s not just about one person. So, my immediate response was to believe him.
According to Smollet, they beat him up, poured bleach on him, and tied a rope around his neck. Jussie states that the reason he was out so late was because he wanted some food from Subway. When the story first broke, everyone was in shock. We could not believe that the beloved actor was a victim of a serious hate crime. Many people were screaming justice for Jussie until some details about his case got out that did not match with the story he told.
First, Chicago police said that something did not add up. Then they said there was no evidence that the actor had a part in this situation. And finally, after issuing a warrant for his arrest, the Chicago police said that Jussie Smollet paid two Nigerian men, one of them who worked on Empire, to stage the attack so the he could allegedly get more money from Empire for his role. With all this information out, Jussie has been charged with filing a false police report and is now a suspect in the case.
Although I believe him, I just have a couple of questions that are still unanswered. My main question is, how did the attackers know he was going to come out and get a five-dollar foot long or whatever he was getting from Subway? I just don’t understand.
For those who do not believe his version of the story, I have a question for you. Why would he lie about this? What could he possibly gain from this? I guess the reason I still want to believe him is because attacks like this happen all the time to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Another reason why I still want to believe him is because so many celebrities I respect have spoke on his character and said he is not the type of person to do this. If in fact he is lying, then he needs to go to jail. If he is found innocent, then everyone needs to apologize for putting this man through hell.
I want to know how you are feeling about this. Voice your comments below about this situation.