Disgraced Empire star Jussie Smollett has given his first interview since allegedly orchestrating a hate crime hoax in January last year, insisting that he is innocent and that authorities are wrongly trying to make an example out of him.
Appearing in the second half of an hour-long broadcast on Instagram Live, Smollett spoke to Marc Lamont Hill about his ongoing court case and the scandal that has engulfed him since early last year.
“It’s been beyond frustrating because to be somebody that’s so outspoken… it’s been difficult to be so quiet,” he explained. “To not be able to say all of the things that you want to say, to not be able to yell from the rooftop.
In February, Smollett was indicted by a special prosecutor on charges of filing false police reports claiming he was the victim of a violent hate crime attack by supporters of President Donald Trump in Chicago after becoming “dissatisfied”