Jussie Smollett made her first red carpet appearance since retiring from public life while facing ongoing legal troubles.
The former “Empire” star has been the subject of controversy for years after she allegedly faked a hate crime incident in 2019.
However, the actor maintained his innocence in July when he told Fox News that he was participating in a “dog and pony show” while entering court on new charges, including six misconduct charges for allegedly lying to police about a racist. homophobic attack that he claims was against him.
On Friday, the embattled 39-year-old actor appeared at the premiere of his debut directorial film, “B-Boy Blues,” in Harlem.
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People reports that the film is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by James Earl Hardy. It was produced by Smollett’s SuperMassive Movies along with Hardy and others.
Follow the relationship between Mitchell Crawford, a 27-year-old journalist, and Raheim Rivers, a 21-year-old bicycle messenger and a banjee boy, better known as B-boy, as they battle homophobia after falling in love at a bar in town. from New York. While the film is complete and can be screened, you are still looking for a distributor before it can be viewed more widely by the public.
“Seeing all the love for the movie is incredibly beautiful,” she said on her Instagram story. “More to come as I catch up, but to everyone who came out last night with so much love and community … on behalf of everyone @bboybluesfilm, thank you.”
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The appearance comes days before Smollett appears in court once again on November 29 for his role in the alleged bogus hate crime. In 2019, he originally told police that he was attacked by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. Apparently they tied a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him. However, two men he worked with on “Empire” came forward and claimed he paid them $ 3,500 to stage the entire attack as a publicity stunt.
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The charges in the case were initially dropped and the actor forfeited a $ 10,000 bond. However, a year later, Cook County Special Counsel Dan Webb charged him with six new counts of disorderly conduct and lying to the Chicago Police Department.