Shameless actress Jussie Smollett returned to the red carpet on Sunday in a black jacket with long brown pants, trying to get back to Hollywood.
The Empire actor, who was tried last year for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack, was pictured with a wide smile before the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Wrapped up his sleeves over a white tank top, he saw wide brown trousers reaching under his heels and wearing black leather shoes. And on his neck he wore gold chains, a cross, and an African-shaped gold necklace.
In fact, 40-year-old Smollett seemed almost indifferent before the awards ceremony, just six days after being released from a 150-day prison sentence in Chicago County Jail.
The Illinois Court of Appeals ordered the suspension of his sentence in March, seeking an appeal against his conviction.
Since then, Smollett has tried to change himself in Hollywood, this time as the director of the original BET + film, B-Boy Blues, an adaptation of the 1991 James Earl Hardy novel.
He also released a song of thanksgiving, which it touches on his latest legal issues.
‘Some in search of fame / Some in pursuit of that strength / Remember this … this is not that situation / Do you think I’m stupid to kill my fame?’ letters read.
Shameless actress Jussie Smollett, 40, returned to the red carpet on Sunday for the BET Awards, wearing a black jacket wrapped around a white T-shirt with sleeves, wide brown pants to the feet and black leather shoes.
Smollett appeared almost indifferent a month after his release from Chicago County Jail, in January 2019, when he was the victim of a hate crime falsely accused of disorderly conduct. He is now appealing the sentence.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight from the red carpet at Sunday’s BET Awards, Smollett said he “never thought I was working to get myself back.”
He admits that it has been “wonderful” to be able to return to a plate and re-create content.
“This has always been a plan, to expand my empire, so to speak,” Smollett said of the departure of his desire to be a director. “To expand the level of what I want to do … to be able to embark on a new generation of artists and actors, and these amazing talents.”
Smollett also had a message for those who helped him through the conviction: “I say it with all my heart, thank you.
“They never gave up, they never put it on the fence and for that, I will always be grateful. I don’t take that lightly for a moment.
“My family, my friends, the real ones. I never get to hug you. Know that there is a hug in my heart that I really mean.”
Smollett was convicted of disorderly conduct in December for lying to police for being a victim of a racist attack on gays, which Trump supporters said he shouted, “this is MAGA country.”
Smollett served just six days in his 150-day prison sentence after the Illinois Court of Appeals suspended his prison sentence while he was appealing his sentence. Here he is seen being released on March 16, 2022 from the Cook County Department of Corrections Detention Center.
Smollett, who was convicted in December of five counts of disorderly conduct, told police he was the victim of a racist attack on homosexuals for lying to police, saying supporters of him shouted “this is MAGA country.”
Chicago police said in January 2019 they caught two strangers disguised as Chicago in a dark street.
According to the story of the attack, the attackers threw a rope around his neck and spilled chemicals on him, shouting racism and homophobia, and expressed support for then-President Donald Trump.
But Chicago police almost immediately had questions about his story, asking him to keep a rope around his neck and asking that he carry out the attack for fear of being removed from the show.
During the investigation, Chicago police found that two men accused of assaulting Smollett were Nigerians. Brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, black.
And in court, the brothers told the jury that Smollett had hired them to fake the attack because he wanted to raise the profile of his celebrities.
Smollett later said in the days leading up to the actor, when prosecutors said he and his brothers were rehearsing the attack, they were actually coming together to smoke marijuana.
Smollett surprised the court by saying that he had “taken” and “masturbated” with Abimbola Osundair on a visit to a spa.
Chicago police had questions about Smollett’s story almost immediately, and proposed that it could be falsified because he feared he would be fired from his role in the Empire.
The Chicago Police Department noted that Smollett wore a rope around his neck while asked about the attack, which he falsified as evidence.
During the investigation, Chicago police found that the two men Smollett accused of assaulting him were Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, black.
Smollett’s conviction came in December nearly a year after Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx unexpectedly dismissed Smollett’s charges in March 2019.
A month later, Judge Michael Toomin appointed Dan Webb as the special prosecutor in the case, asking Jimi to ask Foxx to investigate the handling of the case and decide whether Smollett should be convicted further.
Shortly afterwards, Smollett was indicted again, and a trial began.
Eventually, Cook County Judge James Linn ordered the plaintiff to pay the city of Chicago more than $ 120,000, plus a $ 25,000 fine, and 30 months probation and a 150-day prison sentence.
Linn accused Smollett of “holding a national feast of mercy for you.”
“You turned your life upside down because of your misbehavior and clumsiness,” he told the Washington Post. “You destroyed your life as you knew it.
“You wanted to get attention, and you were so invested in social justice issues, and you knew it was a painful place for everyone in this country.”
But in March, the Illinois Court of Appeals ordered Smollett to serve his prison sentence and asked for a $ 150,000 personal confession bail.
He has been free ever since, and in a recent interview with Sway’s SiriusXM session, he has doubled his claims.
In Sway’s SiriusXM session, confronting his highly public and controversial trial and its consequences, Smollett maintained his claim of innocence and insisted that he did not lie about his homophobic assault fraud.
Smollett said in the session that as a black gay man his moral principles were incapable of orchestrating fraud.
“If I had done this, I would have been thrilled. And I don’t think that’s really questionable, ”Smollett said last week. “If I had done something like that, it would have meant that I would have plunged my fist into the pain of black African Americans in this country for over 400 years.”
“The fear of the LGBTQ community around the world would mean that I have put my fist into it. I’m not that mom. Never have. It doesn’t have to be, ”he added.
With the benefit of looking back, Smollett paired his six-day prison stay in March at Cook County Jail with a cathartic option he used to “restore and restore clarity” through fasting.
“My lawyer … he lied when he said I was fasting for Lent. I was not fasting for Lent. I was fasting because what we do in my family, we fast for clarity, ’he said.
Smollett also said he felt compelled to talk about the attack, which proved to be a scam in court because he wanted to help those who had no means to sustain themselves.
“Do I feel better than anyone else who has been attacked? Abso-f ***** – not lutely, but at the same time I was so embarrassed because it happened, ‘he said.
Smollett said some of the things that happened at trial were true, such as drug use, but stressed that he did not pay the perpetrators for attacking him to gain public sympathy.
Proud of his career, he said he would never intentionally do anything to characterize him as a victim.
“I’m an actor, a director, a writer, a producer … If I did something, it wouldn’t be to look like a victim. It would be to look, if anything, to be strong, ”he said.
Jussie Smollett is back at the BET Awards
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