Jussie Smollett Speaks Out Against Fake Friends Who Doubted His Innocence In First Interview Since Being Released From Prison: I’m Just Like, Y’all Know Me
Jussie Smollett is continuing to maintain his innocence.
In December of 2021, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was convicted after lying to authorities about allegedly being attacked for being Black and gay by white Donald Trump supporters. In March, Jussie Smollett, 40, was found guilty of making false police reports and felony disorderly conduct. The actor was sentenced to 150 days in prison and placed on 30 months of probation. However, he has since been released on bond while his case is on appeal
Smollett claims he’s “grateful” for the experience and says it allowed him to realize who his real friends are and exposed the snakes in his lawn. In a recent interview with media personality Sway Calloway, Smollett speaks about his experience positively. He reflected on wise advice a friend gave him in April 2019.
“You may look at everything now and think that this is bad, you needed to mow the lawn so you could see all the snakes in your grass.”
Smollett talks about his coping mechanisms while dealing with the public portraying him to be a liar. Smollett explains:
“The way that it was served to everybody I absolutely understand why people felt betrayed.”
“I didn’t know what was happening then. I didn’t know how bad it was getting. For whatever reason I genuinely thought that people were going to be like ‘there’s no way that he did some b*tch sh*t like that.’ You know, I’m just like ‘y’all know me.’”
Smollett also admits to holding “some people accountable for the things they said” and “for the ways that they reacted.”
The 40-year-old actor calls out his friends for not answering the phone while he was incarcerated:
“Half of those people should have picked up the f*ck*ng phone and called me because they had my number.”
The actor is aiming to recreate the focus of his craft. Smollett announces his directorial debut streaming on BET+, “B-Boy Blues.”
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