Embattled actor, singer and musician Jussie Smollett is speaking out in his first interview since being indicted earlier this year in connection with the alleged ‘attack’ on him in downtown Chicago two years ago.
From the IG account of Marc Lamont Hill: He “sits down with Jussie Smollett to discuss his case, police corruption, BLM, and more. First, activists Aislinn Pulley and Angela Davis offer critical insights on the history of policing, abolition, and the broader implications of the Smollett case.” For his part Smollet said, among other things, “It’s been beyond frustrating because to be somebody that’s so outspoken … it’s been difficult to be so quiet. To not be able to say all of the things that you want to say, to not be able to yell from the rooftop.”
Smollett maintained his innocence related to the accusations that he orchestrated the entire incident, by allegedly enlisted the help of two friends to stage an attack to bolster his desire for a bigger paycheck from the then blockbuster Fox drama ‘Empire.‘
Jussie added, “I don’t think people realize that I’ve just been wrapped up in some form of a case for the last, approaching, in just a couple of months approaching two years. It’s been beyond frustrating. I’m certainly not going rogue. I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that. But I just don’t see honestly what staying quiet has really done. Where it has gotten me.”
But, Jussie seemed to dodge specifics about the incident.
Marc Lamont Hill interviewed Jussie Smollett last night to talk about his attack pic.twitter.com/528L2vPI1V
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See the full episode which also included an interview with Angela Davis among others.
Jussie Smollett has another court appearance this Thursday in connection with the charges against him.