THE SMOLLETTS BLAME MEDIA FOR "EMPIRE" STAR'S SITUATION
The "Empire" star is in the news for the wrong reasons
As the Jussie Smollett drama continues, siblings of the Hollywood star, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jocqui Smollett have blamed the media for the situation. The siblings took to social media to criticise the media with a post which said "This is the media, the irresponsible media, It will make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal."
Jocqui Smollett posted an image of a tweet attributed to Malcom X on Instagram in support of embattled brother Jussie, and the image of the tweet was later reposted by sister Jurnee.
He (Jocqui) also posted saying, "I have a feeling even if we had video of Jussie (Smollett) being attacked...y'all would still discredit him. Because it's easier to believe what aligns with your contempt for survivors of hate crimes, sexual abuse, etc who happen to be LGBTQ+, disabled, or women."
“Empire” star Jussie Smollett had reported to the police last month that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men, alas evidences have emerged that suggests Jussie orchestrated the attack.
It has also emerged that two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case told media that Chicago Police believe Smollett paid both men to orchestrate the alleged assault but Smollett has denied such reports.
A statement issued on Saturday by his attorneys said, "As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."
The Smolletts had earlier publicly stood by the actor releasing a statement saying "Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. "His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice."
On January 29, Jussie Smollett reported to the police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two brothers identified as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. Both men were arrested on February 13 but later released without charges after authorities said they learned the men were paid by Smollett to stage the attack.
He was arrested on a felony charge of disorderly conduct after he allegedly filed a false police report. He maintained his innocence to the cast and crew of “Empire” whe he returned to the set. The producer of the series announced his character has beeen cut off from the season’s final two episodes.