Jussie Smollett

Actor Jussie Smollett may have got the idea for his hoax homophobic attack from an emotional Instagram post by Lee Daniels. The Empire director wrote a heartfelt Instagram post on Jan. 10, after his cousin was assaulted because of his homosexuality.

TMZ reports Smollett may have got the idea to stage a homophobic attack on himself in hopes of becoming an "LGBT hero" and to play on Daniels's emotions.

Smollett, 36, was arrested by Chicago police on Thursday, Feb. 21, and charged with filing a false police report, a felony in Illinois that carries a 1-3 year prison term.

Smollett posted a $100,000 bond on Friday. The troubled actor told police he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters while walking home from a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. Smollett said the 2 men assaulted him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

The actor's manager Brandon Z. Moore said he heard one of the men yell, "This is MAGA country." MAGA is an acronym for President Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again."

In the caption of a video posted on Instagram on Jan. 10, Daniels, 59, wrote:

"This past week my cousin was beat up for being gay and I am sick of hearing these stories... For all the people who are hurting, who are struggling, and who are trying to find some meaning in this life, I am here to say if you need a safe place or a ear to listen, then I’m here. I’m listening to what you’re saying and what you’re going through. I am standing up for you and will continue to fight for you."

According to TMZ, Daniels told Empire cast members about the homophobic attack on his cousin, and cast members were visibly upset.

After the alleged attack on Smollett, Daniels posted a video on his Instagram account, referring to Smollett as "my son."

"It's taken me a minute to come to social media about this because, Jussie, you are my son," an emotional Daniels said in the video which has since been deleted.

After a thorough investigation by at least a dozen detectives, the Chicago police determined Smollett paid two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, $3,500 to help him stage the hate crime. The brothers were not charged.

Smollett denies faking his own attack and he continues to insist he is a victim of a racist, homophobic attack.

Smollett's character was written out of the last 2 episodes of Empire's upcoming 2nd half of season 5.

Producers have requested protection from Chicago police when the cast and crew films scenes in Chicago on Wednesday.

Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard

Smollett's co-star Terrence Howard defended his TV son in an Instagram post on Saturday.

"All your lil homies got you. We love the hell outta you," Howard captioned a video showing Smollett playing with Howard's young son, Hero.

Smollett plays Howard's openly homosexual middle son on the Fox Television musical about a Black record label dynasty in Chicago.

Howard was quick to reply when a fan criticized him for defending his co-star.

"Sorry you feel that way but that's the only Jussie I know," he wrote in a reply to one fan.

"The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved."

 

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This past week my cousin was beat up for being gay and I am sick of hearing these stories. It’s the beginning of a new year and we need to do better. We need to continue to remember to love and to turn against the hate that we’re seeing out there. But we all need to fight that fight together. For all the people who are hurting, who are struggling, and who are trying to find some meaning in this life, I am here to say if you need a safe place or a ear to listen, then I’m here. I’m listening to what you’re saying and what you’re going through. I am standing up for you and will continue to fight for you. This is my mission and message to you for the beginning of 2019. If you are struggling check out the link in my bio and please go to @glaad @humanrightscampaign @trevorproject ??

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  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    YAY YAY REGINA KANG

  • https://www.facebook.com/miesha.weststrong Miesha West-Strong

    Tbh, I no longer care why he did it because he will NEVER tell the truth. If people want to sympathize wit him, fine n dandy. The REAL sympathy should go out to those who are being brutally beat and killed because they are gay. REAL sympathy should go out to the families and friends of people in Chicago who have been beaten, raped, killed etc. because resources that should have been given to them went to Jussie and his BS story.

  • Bass

    I'm over it. Besides, Jussie isn't the first to lie. And for CENTURIES even, while going unpunished...
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09d047db318d858227a15ef0283171bfa081fe873972ed8a64505f0b4e772913.jpg

    Also, the racist obese man in the White House lies EVERY DAY. So let's focus on that.

  • Neicey

    I just wonder what really happened.

  • Glenda Johnson

    Regina is such a beauty and wonderful actresses, she just gets better and better??

  • PrettyMeka08

    He’s emotionally draining! Ugh

  • Peace

    Really? More Jussie?

    No Oscars? Regina King-Oscar Winner
    Spike Lee-Oscar Winner post?
    It was the most lit ? Oscars I ever seen. Everyone was on point with Fashion, presenters and performances were on point.

  • Peace

    He lied. Plotted to trash 45 and maga and it backfired on him. Boomerang that thang ole Hussie Jussie.

    It’s sad because he really was a hit on Empire. Just a dumb ignorant stunt for a immature boy. He don’t know what he doing.

  • Peace

    Yes!

  • Bass

    He didn't even have to, because 45 and his maga morons already has that covered..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/568174dcf5725b638cc7c9efbb7d41c43aa883847d8f547ccaaccd46528e9128.jpg

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Welp, I'm all out of comments for this topic. I've got nothing left to say that I haven't said before, so I'll just scroll through the comments to see what ya'll are talking about.

  • Jethro

    Yeah, something that actually matters.

  • Jethro
  • Marlika

    ? If I had a dollar for everytime this fools name & case is mentioned ... I’d be the 2nd richest person in the word behind Jeff Besos’s ugly ass. ?????

  • Ghost

    Well I’m very interested in how this will play out! He keeps insisting that the $3500 check was for 5 weeks of training sessions! Smh. I don’t think the brothers are/were confident nor swift enough to come up with this attack alone?.

    Terrance Howard posted this ?? Comment because he was told to or felt it would be in his best interest. Life goes on and more crazy stories will come during the year but I’ve got my eyes ? on Jussie and his story...

    Thanks Sandra...?

  • Ghost

    Well I’m very interested in how this will play out! He keeps insisting that the $3500 check was for 5 weeks of training sessions! Smh. I don’t think the brothers are/were confident nor swift enough to come up with this attack alone?.

    Terrance Howard posted this ?? Comment because he was told to or felt it would be in his best interest. Life goes on and more crazy stories will come during the year but I’ve got my eyes ? on Jussie and his story...

    Thanks Sandra...?

  • Ghost

    Well I’m very interested in how this will play out! He keeps insisting that the $3500 check was for 5 weeks of training sessions! Smh. I don’t think the brothers are/were confident nor swift enough to come up with this attack alone?.

    Terrance Howard posted this ?? Comment because he was told to or felt it would be in his best interest. Life goes on and more crazy stories will come during the year but I’ve got my eyes ? on Jussie and his story...

    Thanks Sandra...?

  • tia

    That was nice of Terrance. Nothing worse than a fake and/or fair weather friend. Knew Daniel's was somewhere in the mix.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    Im not ready to convict Jussie JUST yet.... I still think he was on the block looking for street meat .. I think them Nigerians are trying to extort him.. THATS MY STORY AND I'M STICKING TO IT...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This is obvious narcissism .... draining folks trying to force people to believe his lie .... bye .... not ever on my end will he ever get my support.... I see this energy vampire .... damn demon ..... and demons will never own up .... so there's that!!!! .. they will keep going back and forth trying to get people to believe them ...
    .. this is a waste of energy on this fool bye ... this my last comment on this fraud ... ?

  • What???

    Jussie needs to stay away from lil boys damn freak. Where the kid’s father? This is a disgrace. Black Homosexuals stole the “most oppressed class” award from their best friends and biggest supporters, the black woman. LOL.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So this is how we're going to spend Sunday night/Monday morning?

    See ya'll in the next post.

    Peace.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *dead*

  • Dick Steel

    How much does yo weigh?

  • Peace

    Yeah. But Angela Bassett should have had a trophy ? long time ago. Black Panther should have swept ? the awards with Best Picture, Best Actor/Best Actress all of em. Everything. Black and Proud of that entire cast.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • Bass

    125, you uneducated cesspool swimming hillbilly.

    That being said, you're now blocked.

  • Logan Roberts

    God help us ?

  • Elevated Soul

    Terrence Howard can say what he wants but all the evidence points to his guilt and there is also evidence, that the public has no clue about....

    Jussie got caught up in his misguided politics as well as his hate for President Trump.

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    So now they done found a way to spin the $3500 , check story.. I tell you MONEY WILL "BUY" A LIE!! SO NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CHECK WAS FOR PERSONAL TRAINING!!! FOH...

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Funny!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Every time I see that Lee sussie... I see Dame Dash checking him about his money. And Lee looking SHOOK like he was about to get ambushed in that dayum cape!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I think so, he didn’t say he believed him, he said the Jussie he knows could never!

    The same way Raven wouldn’t cave into pressure to say something negative about Bill Cosby or “Rudy!”

  • wigmon68

    Not to minimize the severity of her crime (and I think she should have done some time), but

    1) she was 18. Big difference from 36.
    2) she pled guilty. The plea and her age is what enabled her to avoid jail time.

    crystal magnum falsely accused a bunch of white college boys of raping her. she was never charged with a crime. Tawana brawley was not charged with a crime for filing her false report (she was only 15).

  • wigmon68

    Has there ever been confirmation of lee daniels claim that his relative was actually attacked for being gay?

  • Ghost

    Trust me...they’re going to look into it! We can only hope ITS true....sigh

  • Ghost

    The Nigerians testified to a GRAND JURY....unless they want to go to Jail.....PR bill ?

  • justlooking

    And I said this weeks ago and said here last week. Receipts couple of post back....

    They are both Drama Queens and acting was just not enough. Shame on both of them.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Jussie probably did get this idea from Lee Daniels cousin’s assault! I don’t believe he was apart of helping him hatch this hoax!

    He’s an old queen, and knows Chicago is gay friendly!

    But, TMZ seems to be running with this story of what the brothers (allegedly) actually said to the grand jury, and it is not what was stated in the press conference!

    This creates reasonable doubt or a hung jury, if believed!

    The Feds holds Jussie’s freedom or length of sentencing in their hands!

    Funny, how Columbus Short went in on Terrance Howard!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Daaaang I thought I was the only one who still wrote checks. I still caint believe Smallet paid them inna check. He left a paper trail,that lead them str8 byke to his dumb as

  • wigmon68

    what creates "reasonable doubt"?

  • Bass

    And that's exactly what you tried to do, minimize it.
    Here you go..
    1- Scottsboro boys
    2- Emmett Till
    3- Charles Greenlee
    4- Ernest Thomas
    5- Walter Evin
    6- Samuel Shepherd

    Etc...Shall I go on. Please.

  • wigmon68

    you aren't going to get an argument from me that 80 years ago, there were areas of the country where blacks didn't get justice. That has nothing to do with your original post or my response. No question a woman lied about being raped. They get off all the time without jail time regardless of the color of the accuser.

    Who is "samuel shepherd"?

  • Bass

    Google is your friend. And 80 yrs ago..here you go.

    https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/08/27/white-woman-who-falsely-accused-2-black-football-players-of-rape-rolls-her-eyes-throughout-sentencing-hearing/

    That being said, if you need anything else, you do your own research. Have a good day.

  • Trace da Ace

    See!! Did I not say this past Thursday that Lee set Jussie up!!! I said that Lee put him up to it!!! All of this shyt is crazy!!!

  • wigmon68

    The woman went to jail for her false accusation, so don't understand your point. black woman just accused middle aged white man of shooting and killing her daughter and turned out it was some 22 year old black man. she wasn't charged with anything.

    sam shepherd is the white doctor that was falsely accused of killing his wife. They made a movie about him. don't understand what that has to do with your post.

  • Sacha

    The Daily Show mock movie trailer about Jussie is so funny!

  • Bass

    LMAOOO the fact that you mistaken Samuel Shepherd, for Sam Shepherd, WHO is an entirely different person, tells me all I need to know how misinformed, and ignorant you are.

    You have a good day.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    It is. Here the link:

    https://youtu.be/tEpZzvSzYfI

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Tmz, the fake gossip! If they aren’t trying to find an excuse for jussie, then they are trying to claim he’s not guilty.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Tmz is nothing but fake gossip. They are trying to cover their asses now.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ion care where he gott the idea from or whom he got it from, the shidt backfired

  • Alextra Ballard

    Leola up there lookin like Tyler Perry

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Tmz is so stupid. I can write ‘mortgage paid off’ in the memo line, doesn’t mean it’s paid off. Tmz is trying hard to make jussie look innocent! Too bad jussies story to pd is sad. He forgot to mention the ‘MAGA country’ to them. Oh and what about the 2 white guys that attacked him.......

  • wigmon68

    so learn me. I have no clue who samuel shepherd is (not convinced you do either as the searches turn up the doctor I refer too, an actor, an English barrister, and average joes facebook pages).

    No question there have been blacks that have been falsely accused, just like there is no question there have been whites that have been falsely accused. We can both provide examples all day long. The difference between us is that my eyes are open to and acknowledge both.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Yesss!!! All a dayum waste! Then to BUY all these dam lawyers who are finding every angle to spin this mess so that he can get off on a technicality and NOT TRUTH... This druggy fool LIED AND ASSUMED if he used the GAY BLACK MAGA EXCUSE, black folks will automatically rally behind him. What he hasnt realize is that LIKE MYSELF, many black folks CAN'T BE BAMBOOZLED. Truth be told so many black have purposely mislead other blacks wich is why many are so gullible and screwed and fruity in the booty!

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Lmao R. Kelly couldn't afford 100,000???????

  • Bass

    And that's YOUR issue. I'm not here to educate you on history. And why would I put down a name that has no affiliation to my statement? Listen, if your search engine doesn't bring him up, than that's on YOU.

    Furthermore, whites have a NOTORIOUS history of accusing blacks, and it continues to this very day, whether they're punished for it OR not.

    That being said, this discourse is done. Address me any further, and i'll slide you into my block list.

    Good day.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The Original Big Daddy????? Lee Daniels is a Pimp???

  • Rahab

    Did ya'll see that movie with Keke Palmer playing a lesbian pimp? Whew chile, looking like Cleo.

  • Rahab

    Don't forget Drea change. City probably put violations and fines on west loop studio too.

  • tintin

    that movie was nice. i actually liked seeing her play a role bout she licking the kooty kat while being a pimp

  • wigmon68

    yeah, like it would bother me if I was on anyones block list. again, false accusations abound. Whites, blacks, gay, straight, male, female. ITs not unique to any race, sex or creed. If there are injustices today, we certainly should work to resolve them, but the injustices and false accusations are not just one race against another. What happened 80 years ago can't be rewritten, but those same circumstances don't exist today.

    you listed 6 names from cases that happened 70-80 years ago, and one name from a recent case where the accuser was sentenced to prison for her false accusation. I could list all the names of the duke lacrosse boys that were falsely accused and their accuser was never charged with any crime. Whats the point? My point is, we all need to do better and its not just a problem for one race.

  • Rahab

    She played the hell out it. I am you pimp!

  • AndSo

    Clearly, for BASS it is. Ain't no amount of sensibility is going to change that agenda. They an angry person, and angry people aren't interested in the big picture or facts.

  • Bass

    You can pound your keyboard with pique all you want, like I said YOU WHITES ARE NOTORIOUS for falsely accusing blacks, for centuries, to this very day. And yes it is specifically unique to your race, and history has proven just that.

    Furthermore, did I not ask you if you wanted me to continue the list? Which I would have given current accusations.

    That being said, you are now BLOCKED.

  • NaeNae2015

    I CANT STOP WATCHING THIS!! IT IS HYSTERICAL!!

  • Jesse

    Lol You illiterate white trolls are something else. She is speaking nothing but facts. And nobody wants to hear his and your white tears.

  • AndSo

    1. I ain't white. 2. Folks like YOU are what make folks like us look bad. This idiot did wrong. He dumped all over the legacy of pain of some of the people who were done wrong, in the past and today. And what do folks like you do? You practically defend him by saying that he ain't the only one who did something like that and he shouldn't have to face justice b/c XYZ didin't have to in your eyes. It's a garbage rationalization and deflecting ain't gonna help. Just make us look DUMB. Grow up. Be an adult and quit making everything about race like this azzhole tried to do in order to get more $$$.

  • Jesse

    She's speaking nothing but facts, so save your white tears.

  • Jesse

    First of all, no one said he shouldn't face justice. And second of all, there have been worse incidents involving whites who do not receive the same ostracization. And lastly, the only one here who looks dumb, is you. Illiteracy and all. Now remove yourself.

  • AndSo

    There have been PLENTY of incidents involving black folk against white people, Asian people, Hispanic people, whatever. PLENTY. We need to learn to stop deflecting every single time that we don't like one of our own being held to account. We should, as a community, shame them and move on. Time to raise our standards for ourselves. They are low. LOW. And it's people like you keep 'em that way. YOU should remove yourself. You make excuses, and excuses are the last thing someone like this azzhole deserves. His greedy azz made fools out of all of us. He need a good beating.

  • Elevated Soul

    Fake News like TMZ which is site for sale to the highest bidder as well as nutcases like (Jenifer Lewis) I believe that's her name is calling for compassion for a criminal like Jussie. These people are too fake. They are so evil towards any MAGA supporter but now these tired trolls want compassion.

    Jussie Smollett needs to be in prison just like any other racist who perpetrate a criminal act.

  • Jesse

    Save that tired a## illiterate rebuttal. Again, reserve your tears for someone who gives a f/k about your opinion.

  • AndSo

    Oh, okay. I see how this work now.

  • Dick Steel

    Liar

  • Banka

    What is the name of this movie ?

  • Knockout Ned

    Name of the movie is called Pimp

  • Rahab

    Pimp

  • Desi

    If you step back and looks at the entire picture and not just his actions, he seems to have classic traits of a psychological narcissist or socialpath. I do not think he is capable of empathy or remorse. He would have let two black men he called friends rot in prison. Thus, becoming another black statistic. He seems to be a pathological liar, someone who exploits people who are close to him and discards them when they have served their purpose. Exploiting the black and gay community for his own benefit, extreme narcissism and impulsive. I would be surprised if he had a history of exploiting and using people closed to him.

  • Banka

    Kool thanks

  • wigmon68

    I never said the individuals provided by the poster didn't face injustices. I said that 6 of them were from 70-80 years ago (4 from the same incident) and the one recent person used, the false accuser was sentenced to jail (which actually does show a falseness to the agenda of the original post).

    false accusations abound as do accusations of actual crimes that don't get convictions because the accuser isn't believed, or there isn't enough evidence. It happens and we should certainly call them out when they exist, but to not admit that it occurs across all demographics is ignorant.

  • Allihave2say

    I wholly agree. I've fronted all the exact same opinions regarding Jussie.

  • Allihave2say

    You know what….?!!!!!!! You know what? You, Sacha & NaeNae2015 need to all log off and head to the morgue. Make sure my casket is cushiony.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    bwahhhhahhahhaha...*but Juicy!

  • Allihave2say

    I did mention that the bleach was symbolic of his whiteness and the bleaching out of the blackness.

  • Allihave2say

    Jussie isn't a drug addict, it's just another lie to get sympathy. This is what narcissists and sociopaths do, they lie, they become victims and scapegoat their lies as truths onto anyone else or anything else. Being an addict is another con. This is the same con Kanye pulled with the weight loss surgery, comments blamed on alcohol, and being addicted to pills. It's their way of getting over and getting by.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I actually saw a sneak preview of it with Lee Daniels in attendance as the MC last year.

  • KcoolMuziq

    The R. is hiding his funds.

  • Jesse

    No one cares about your minimizing tired rebuttal.
    She was right in everything she stated. Facts on top of facts.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    They will lie without hesitation!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The check is proof that they were paid. Even tho it says for training, was it really or for the hoax?

    Now the video of them purchasing ski masks, red caps, etc., was it authorized by Jussie, what proof is there on either side, maybe the brothers acted on the behalf of someone else?

    Reasonable Doubt

  • wigmon68

    But thats only reasonable doubt that the payment was or wasn't to carry out an attack, not necessarily reasonable doubt that the attack wasn't coordinated by smollett. By far the most important evidence is the testimony of the 2 brothers who are friends/trainers/co-workers of smollett. Would it help tie things up if they had a recording of them planning the attack, or detailed text? sure, but if they don't exist doesn't mean there is reasonable doubt.

    The brothers say they were involved and that their involvement was at the request of smollett. Obviously, their stories don't mesh. The question will be, does the preponderance of the evidence support the tale told by the brothers, or the tale told by smollett.

  • SmellyMel

    Maybe he was looking for some sympathy from Lee. I can see him doing it trying to evoke some pity. Then everybody would be sorry for him and he would get more screen time and more money....Not! Stupid plan Jussie!

  • SmellyMel

    I loved it!!! It was hilarious!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Exactly, you’re right! This is what it will come down to, unless Jussie takes a plea deal!

    It is the defense’s job to create reasonable doubt by spinning!