Jussie Smollett refused to stop the race attack in her first sit-down interview since 2019 before appearing in court in 2019.
The 38-year-old Empire actor is in a courtroom with the city of Chicago after he accused himself of racist and homophobic attacks in January 2019.
In February this year, Mr. Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts for allegedly lying to police about being a victim of a hate crime.
In an interview with writer and academic Mark 41 Lamont Hill, yesterday, Mr. Smollett filed a motion from his lawyers against his indictment, which will be reviewed by a judge today.
But he said that he did not feel confident about coming to a rapid conclusion of the case anytime soon.
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Julie Smollett refused to stop the race attack in her first sit-down interview since 2019 before appearing in court today.
Mr Smollett said his lawyers had filed a motion against his indictment, which would be reviewed today by a judge, but he did not think the city of Chicago would ‘let it go’
Speaking on Mr LaMont’s Instagram, he said: ‘I’m going to give it to God, but if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think … they won’t let it go.
‘An example is being made and sadly, an example is being made of someone who did not do what they are accused of.
‘On one hand, when I step back, I see how [Chicago Police] The narrative played, the way they served it to the people. It was deliberately created to make people suspicious from the beginning.
‘From long ago, it seems that I was lying about something or everything. But at the same time, I’m not really living for those who don’t believe. ‘
The City of Chicago has requested that the FBI hand over the records of its investigation into Mr. Smollett’s case.
Asked how he was feeling, the actor replied to the question saying that he is currently asking him questions.
He said: ‘Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I am very angry. Other times I get up and if I work really hard, I can see the silver layer.
‘One thing i always wake up [and think] No matter how I feel, it is an opportunity for real protection in our own communities about the truth.
‘The thing that really gets me is that black and brown women and men are behind bars for things they didn’t do.
‘I definitely have a good idea about us. What happened in these two years has affected me in a way that no one could possibly understand. ‘
Mr. Smollett was expelled from Fox’s hit series Empire as a result of the scandal. He has been featured in fourth place with his co-stars in 2015 – Try Byers, Taraji P. Henson, Terence Howard and Brycere Y. Gray.
The saga around Jussie Smollett began on January 30, 2019, when it emerged that she claimed she had been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack.
At the time, it appeared that he was on his way home from the subway after returning home late at night when he was approached after a late flight.
He told police that his attackers later identified him from the show he was in Empire, calling him both the N-word and the ‘f **** t’.
They said they beat him, bleached him, then put a nose around his neck.
Mr. Smollett went back to his apartment where he had a friend, Frank Gaston. It was Gaston who insisted that they call the police.
Jussie Smollett arrives in the Cook County courtyard in February with her brothers, Joaqui (left), Jojo (far left) and Jake (right), to face six felony counts of lying to police
When officers arrived, the actor refused to hand over his phone. He went to the hospital for tests but had no major injuries.
The Chicago Police Department vowed to investigate the incident with all its might, and celebrities from around the world raced to share their support of Smollett.
He became a household name almost overnight.
But as the police investigation progressed, leaks started from within the police department that it may not be as it seemed.
As the controversy escalated, Smollett – determined to make his case – went to Good Morning America in February 2019, where he cried and insisted that he was telling the truth.
By then, the Chicago PD had released grainy surveillance camera footage of two men walking near the incident site that was in the midst of the only part of their journey that night was not captured by the vast network of Chicago residents.
Smollett identified the two men as his attackers in the unevenly grainy footage. In this neither their face nor skin color could be made.
Ignorant of him while he was conducting his GMA interview, Chicago PD was making a case against him.
Jusi smolpet timeline
January 29: The Hawks’ attack occurs outside Smollett’s apartment in Chicago.
January 30: A wave of public sympathy runs over Smollett, until then a relatively unknown actor
February 14: After a series of adverse leaks from the Chicago PD, Smollett goes to Good Morning America to file his case.
Unknowingly about them, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo are being interviewed by the police after their return from Nigeria.
February 20: Smollett is arrested and accused of lying to the police.
He has been granted bail on a $ 10,000 cash bond.
March 7: Grand jury indicated Smollett
March 26: Dropped the charge
April 11: Chicago sued Smollett for $ 130,000 – cost of investigation
August: Dan Webb appointed as special prosecutor
NovemberSmollett counter-trial, malicious prosecution charges
February 11, 2020: Reports suggest that Dan Webb has accused Smollett
He identified the people in the video as the Osundairo brothers and supported their faith by tracking the pair’s movements both days before and after the incident.
Smollett was eventually arrested and charged with suspicion of lying to police. The brothers flew to Nigeria within hours of the January 29 incident and missed the media storm
When they returned to the US, police investigators were waiting to interrogate them.
After hours of secret interviews, he told the police that Smollett had paid him to carry out the attack in the form of a wide cordon. Smollett was then arrested.
Later at an extraordinary press conference, then-Police Chief Eddie Gallagher accused him of ruining race relations and police time in Chicago.
He said that Smollett had tried to take advantage of the ‘attack’ on the empire to pay its owners more.
Despite the police’s displeasure, prosecutor Kim Foxx was calm.
The case then went to a grand jury that returned a surprise, 16-felony indictment in which Smollett would be held behind bars for more than 50 years if convicted.
By then, FoxX had informally removed itself from the case.
His interest was that in the early days of the police investigation, he intervened at the request of Smollett’s family and his friend – Time Up CEO Tina Tenchen – who wanted the FBI to take over the police investigation.
He said that he was concerned about the number of leaks from the Chicago PD and asked FoxX to help. She said she would try.
After the grand jury indictment, the case stalled for a few weeks.
Then, in March, Foxx Deputy Joseph Maggetts – who had taken over – announced the decision that the charges against Smollett were dropped.
Foxx again intervened, it emerged, and he hinted at what he called an ‘alternative prosecution’, which led to Smollett, a first-time offender, being released with $ 10,000 bail and community service.
FoxX himself was being resented and investigated for the misconduct of the prosecution.
When judges and special prosecutors were thrown around for that task, the city was seen swinging in civil court.
In March last year, FoxX’s office surprised many in Chicago and dropped allegations in which the former ‘Empire’ actor was accused of committing a racist, homophobic attack against himself
He filed a lawsuit against Smollett, asking him to reimburse him all the money, which he said would ruin the investigation into what he believed.
Smollett filed suit, accusing the city and Eddie Gallagher of malicious prosecution.
He lost his job at Empire and became a pariah in the world of showbiz through which he was allegedly trying to move on.
Webb was appointed in August to investigate why FoxX’s office dropped the charges.
He himself faced criticism and claims of conflict of interest when it emerged that he had once donated $ 1,000 to FoxX’s election campaign.