“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s brother, JoJo, is hotly defending his brother in an article for BET entitled “What if Jussie is telling the truth?” He’s proclaiming his brother’s innocence in an alleged hate crime hoax and he claims that Jussie still suffers from “night terrors” stemming from his January attack. Right.
JoJo tries to refute claims by the Chicago Police Department, Chicago city government, and others that Smollett orchestrated a racist and homophobic attack that took place in the early morning hours of January 29th, in the Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville, near downtown. All the evidence on file screams that Jussie rigged a hate letter and the attack against him. No one believes him except it would seem, his brother.
From The Daily Wire:
“Smollett claims that he was approached by two men who called him racial and homophobic slurs, assaulted and battered him, then threw a rope around his neck and poured an unidentified substance on his clothing. A subsequent CPD investigation turned up evidence that Smollett may have paid two acquaintances to conduct the attack, because Smollett felt he wasn’t getting enough attention or respect from his “Empire” bosses.
“Although Smollett was initially charged with 17 counts related to the attack — most for allegedly filing a false police report — the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped the charges in a “plea deal” that had Smollett forfeiting a $10,000 bond and performing 16 hours of community service, but not admitting fault. Smollett claims he was exonerated in the deal; the State’s Attorney says he was not.
“The Smollett case has given way to a number of inquiries into the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and how it handles “non-violent” offenders, but JoJo Smollett says it should also force an investigation into the Chicago police department, which he claims bungled the case.”
JoJo alleges that the police department leaked important information to the press, compromising Jussie’s case, and that, as a result, “this entire process quickly devolved from a focus on him as a victim of assault, to him being falsely accused and held responsible for a crime that was perpetrated against him.”
He also says that the police have refused to show Jussie evidence compiled against him. I doubt that… his attorneys would be all over it. JoJo also claims the Osundairo brothers were compromised by police officials, and that CPD conducted a “campaign” against Jussie that resulted in an “online bandwagon” condemning Smollett, and connects Jussie’s case to ongoing civil rights movements in America:
“We live in a country that promises liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. Jussie deserves those civil guarantees as much as everyone else. Our sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming individuals, progressive and LGBTQ communities, know very well that being wrongfully accused happens far too often. Make no mistake. I know with all my heart that plenty of people in his life are far worse off. I am definitely not asking you to feel sorry for my brother. He would never allow that. He still carries a humility, grace and knows he walks in more rarified air than so many people who have been wrongly accused and paying a heavy price.”
Then comes the claim that Jussie is experiencing night terrors where he is reliving the horror of being confronted by two men he admitted to knowing and recognizing. “Jussie is as strong as iron, but following an attack like this, there is a normal and natural amount of post-trauma that mostly anyone should expect to suffer. I have literally seen him violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault. Some of my siblings, as well as Jussie’s partner and closest friends have seen similar things,” JoJo said. Sounds like overriding guilt.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report and then in a shocking move, prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett in late March. In addition, a “judge granted a motion to seal the case,” and a Smollett spokesman said the actor’s “record will be fully expunged.”
More from the article:
“I was shocked at how easily everyone accepted the ridiculous motive about Jussie’s career that was promulgated. Jussie had actually begun directing episodes of Empire, which brought additional compensation. He worked out a deal with Fox to own 100% of his music masters, released an album, which lead to a sold out world tour and he donated every cent of ticket sales to charity. He even signed the group, June’s Diary, to his label. My brother was developing two films with one of the biggest producers in Hollywood, had the lead to a Broadway show on the table and owns the option rights to the authorized autobiography of his idol, Alvin Ailey. All pointing to not only an advancing career but a business savvy mind. To suggest that he staged his own attack to boost a sagging career is ludicrous. Jussie has a team of extremely effective agents, managers, publicists, and attorneys who helped him acquire career advancement. He wouldn’t need to roll around on the icy ground of a Chicago street, staging an attack on himself to make this happen.”
Jussie Smollett is now facing a civil suit from the city of Chicago. They are demanding that he pay for CPD’s overtime hours which totals approximately $130,000. Smollett’s attorneys have said they will respond to the suit, and maintain Smollett’s innocence. Meanwhile, Smollett’s career is basically over. Actions have consequences.