Jussie Smollett has furiously defended himself against allegations he faked a homophobic and racist attack on himself.
The former Empire star reacted to a social media post where self-help internet star, Derrick Jackson, compared him to African-American schoolgirl Amari Allen.
Earlier this week, the 12-year-old alleged three white classmates pinned her down and cut off her dreadlocks. She has since retracted the claims.
“Jussie really is a trendsetter,” Derrick Jackson wrote in response to the story on Instagram gossip page The Shade Room.
Smollett soon fired back in a lengthy post, claiming he “hadn’t lied about a thing” when he alleged two men attacked him in a racial and homophobic assault.
Smollet replied to Derrick in The Shade Room’s comments: “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.”
“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.”
The 37-year-old actor maintains he was attacked on a street in Chicago in January.
He claimed two men beat him, put a noose around his neck, poured a chemical over him, and made racist and homophobic remarks. But police determined that he staged the racist hate attack in Chicago and charged him with filing a false police report.
Brothers Abel and Olabinjo Osundairo, who worked as extras on Empire, allegedly told police that Smollett paid them to help fake the attack.
Smollett was soon axed from his role as Jamal Lyon on Empire.
But 16 felony charges against Smollett were abruptly dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
However Illinois Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed a special counsel to investigate the handling of the case.
The probe will not only will investigate whether the actor/musician should be further prosecuted for allegedly staging the “hoax” hate crime.
The city of Chicago filed a $130,000 lawsuit against the star over the cost of their investigation into the claims.