Jussie Smollett lashed out Tuesday after online critics joked that the actor had inspired a 12-year-old black girl to make up a “hate crime.”
Many commentators brought up Smollett after news broke that the girl, Amari Allen, had recanted her claim that three white classmates forcibly cut her dreadlocks. But only self-help internet personality Derrick Jackson managed to trigger a response from the disgraced former star of ABC’s “Empire.”
“Jussie really is a trendsetter,” Jackson said on Instagram.
Smollett responded by slamming those who don’t believe his debunked story of being jumped by bigots in January outside his Chicago apartment.
“With all due respect brother, y’all can clown me all you want but my story has actually never changed and I haven’t lied about a thing,” Smollett told Jackson. “Y’all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what actual proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All love.”
From Jusssie Smollett to Amari Allen
In February, Chicago police arrested Smollett and charged him with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a bigoted against himself on Jan. 29.
Smollett had made national headlines by claiming two masked men jumped him outside his apartment, calling him racist and homophobic slurs and shouting, “This is ‘MAGA’ country!” According to his account, they poured what he believed was bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.
Police at first investigated the incident as a possible hate crime. Many other celebrities as well as activists, politicians and journalists rushed to condemn not just the attackers but the supposed state of President Donald Trump’s America.
After Smollett became the target of the police probe — with two Nigerian brothers telling police Smollett hired them to fake the assault as a publicity stunt — Fox cut ties with the actor and removed him from the final two episodes “Empire” Season 5.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin in August appointed Webb, a former federal prosecutor, to reinvestigate the case of Smollett. Webb has the power to reinstate charges.
Smollett has maintained his innocence. His lawyer William J. Quinlan, last month told The Chicago-Sun Times: “My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations.”