Jussie Smollett stands his ground!
While the court of opinion – not to mention, the court of fact – may have ruled against him, the disgraced actor continued to insist that he was not lying. his gay attack hoax.
In an appearance on Shaking‘S SiriusXM display, Empire alum said his six-day jail time at Cook County Jail was a purge, noting that he has never felt more sober, luckier, and most importantly, innocent.
Stressing that his morality as a black gay man made him incapable of staging the hoax, Jussie said:
“If I had done this, I would have been a piece of the puzzle. And I don’t think that’s really questionable. If I’ve done something like this, it means I’ve held my hand in the pain of black African Americans in this country for over 400 years. That means I’ve clenched my fist into the fears of LGBTQ communities around the world. I’m not that old mother. Never. Not required to do so “.
Looking back at nearly a week behind bars, Smollett said he sees it as an opportunity to “reset and regain sanity” by fasting:
“My lawyer… he lied when he said that I was fasting for loan. I did not fast to lend. I fasted because, that’s what we do in my family, we fast to be clear. “
This majestic description of his time in prison doesn’t quite match what’s been reported about it: Jussie has allegedly been asked to be released on the grounds that his COVID risk is a immunocompromised patient before claiming that his incarceration took a huge toll on his mental health. .
Later in his interview, the 40-year-old questioned the prosecution’s argument about the motive behind the alleged hoax – that it was done to raise the profile. his publicity – claims that this reason is inappropriate because his career really is. on the upswing before the crash happened.
“[I] no need for some kind of risk[ing] in my career. I was on the ad up. I came from New York to make a reading desk from my dream role in a Broadway show. I just auctioned the rights to Alvin Ailey’s authorized autobiography. I’ve got all the stuff I’m creating. There would be no reason for me to do stupid stupid things like that, but people will believe what they say [want to] believe.”
He also stated that if he were to act out a public hoax, he certainly wouldn’t have made himself a victim:
“I’m an actor, a director, a writer, a producer… If I do something, I don’t look like a victim. What it will look like, if at all, is to look strong.”
The actor went on to talk about how the public trial not only damaged his career but also brought back homophobia. He confessed:
“I feel like I just became a ***** [who] I got spanked, or at least that’s what I think people see me as. “
Smollett also stressed that he feels the need to speak out about the alleged assault because he wants to help inspire victims who don’t have the resources to stand up for themselves.
“Do I feel better than anyone else being assaulted? Abso-f** not at all, but at the same time, I’m embarrassed that it happened. “
He was also embarrassed by the responses of some of his fellow artists who accused him of lying, admitting:
“For whatever reason, I thought people would be like, ‘There’s no way he would do such a thing.’ … I hold some people accountable… People who know me. F**k out of here. Those are some PR bulls. And you know who you are. And I won’t name names and I love everyone, but I don’t like that.”
Despite all the movies, the actor has returned to work on new projects and said it will take more than a major legal scandal to stop him from pursuing his dream.
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