A Star is Born
2015 saw him win the BET Awards and Teen Choice Awards. In 2016 he won the NAACP Image Awards in several categories, and in 2017, a second Teen Choice Awards.
Love is Love
Smollett, along with the show’s creator Lee Daniels, said that the interaction was an expression of their own sexual fluidity. The development was meant to start a conversation among the gay community.
License and Registration, Please
Friends in High Places
In the following days, fellow celebrities expressed their support and outrage over the incident. Hollywood powerhouse players including Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis took to Twitter to share their views.
Even democratic senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker expressed that the attack was an attempt at a modern-day lynching.
The Plot Thickens
A Friend in Need
Friends or Foes?
What Happened to Jamal Lyon?
The Drug Problem
Smollet is candid about his drug use including Ecstasy.
Chicago Didn't Earn This
However, when news broke he was the one who allegedly masterminded the entire event, the police superintendent Eddie T. Johnson was furious.
He stated that use of the symbolism of the noose and false claims was to “slap everyone in the city in the face” and that the accusations were “a scar” that “Chicago…didn’t earn.”
On March 26th, 2019, all charges filed against Smollett were dropped and his criminal record was expunged.
An Unfair Call
Police sources have said that the department spent up to six figures in overtime investigating the Smollett case, and are furious that charges have been dropped.
The President's Thoughts
Standing By His Word
Smollett has stood firm and unyielding in his conviction. The actor said, “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of doing what I was accused of.”
Jessie Smollet added, “I’d like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistakes I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”