Jussie Smollett celebrated Pride Month in first social media post since alleged hate crime attack

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Former Empire star Jussie Smollett returned to social media for the first time since his alleged and scrutinized attack in Chicago in January.

In celebration of Pride Month, the actor broke his silence and posted a video of Tarell Alvin McCraney giving a speech about Black queerness before he introduced his nominated play Choir Boy at the Tony Awards in New York City.

‘The bodies that uphold the great legacy of spirituals are often Black and queer,’ the playwright said. ‘When will we love all of them for who they are, not just for what they can do?’

Smollett captioned the video, ‘So much pride,’ along with two prayer emojis.

The 36-year old actor had last shared on Instagram back on January 28.

That following day Smollett went to police in Chicago and claimed he was attacked by two men who were yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

Police accused Smollett of making up the hate crime story and subsequently charged him in February for filing a false police report, in which he was alleged to have paid two brothers to stage the fake hate crime.

He maintained his innocence and eventually prosecutors dismissed all criminal charges against him in March.

However, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against him seeking to recoup the cost of the police investigation. 

In March, the FBI announced that it would investigate as to why those felony charges were dismissed. 

As a result of the scandal, Smollett was removed from the last two episodes of Empire’s fifth season following his arrest.

Despite the charges being dropped, Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, was written out of the sixth and final season, although he will be paid for the season.    

   

   

 

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