Jussie Smollett returns to Instagram as he awaits trial

Jussie Smollett returns to Instagram as he awaits trial




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Jussie Smollett has returned to Instagram with a quarantine joke amid the coronavirus pandemic, as he awaits trial for allegedly staging an attack against himself.

The Empire star, who faced controversy last year, had not posted to social media since June 2019.

However, he’s since returned, sharing a video of himself singing Stevie Wonder’s A Place in the Sun, captioning it with: ‘Quarantine day 421…Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona.’

His remark references the exact amount of days since he told the police about the alleged attack.

Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Laverne Cox are among the stars welcoming him back, with his brother Jake writing: ‘E👏🏾VERY👏🏾THANG! Love you Juss! Thank you for this. Watched it 7 times.’

Jussie is accused of staging the attack against himself (Picture: Getty Images)

Back in January 2019, Jussie, who plays Jamal Lyon on the show, told Chicago police that he was attacked in the early hours by two men who wore masks and hurled racial and homophobic slurs towards him. 

At the end of last year, 16 original charges were dropped but prosecutors filed a fresh set earlier in February. 

Jussie has maintained his innocence and insisted he will ‘fight or die’ to prove it.

Jussie’s maintained his innocence (Picture: Getty Images)

He told the Daily Mail reporters earlier this year: ‘It is definitely frustrating but you just gotta, it’s fight or die at this point, right. I don’t claim to be innocent, I am innocent.’ 

He added: ‘The truth is the best defence. The truth which they know nothing about.’ 

Special prosecutor Dan Webb – who was appointed in this case to examine the state’s attorney’s office’s handling of the case – previously explained that he decided to bring charges against Jussie after taking into account the ‘extensive nature’ of his alleged falsehoods, as well as the amount of time and money the Chicago Police Department put into the investigation. 

Jussie forfeited his $10,000 (£7,600) in bond money in exchange for the first case’s dismissal, which Webb noted is less than 10 per cent of the approximately $130,000 (£99,300) the police spent on overtime in the case. 

After the previous charges against him were dropped, the City of Chicago sued Jussie for around $500,000 (£382,400) to cover various costs, including to compensate for the overtime pay for police who investigated his case.

In response, he filed his own lawsuit seeking to sue the city ‘for their conduct underlying the arrest and their conduct thereafter’. 

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