Jussie Smollett is talking out.
The previous “Empire” star, who recently pleaded not guilty to renewed costs introduced in opposition to him associated to allegedly staging a hate crime, has provided a uncommon public assertion to TMZ by which he maintains his innocence.
When requested about his opinions on the American justice system, Smollett referred the outlet to his lawyer, who mentioned they’ve religion that “the system will ultimately work.”
“It is positively irritating,” Smollett mentioned. “It is combat or die at this level.”
When requested whether or not he nonetheless claims to be harmless, the 37-year-old actor mentioned: “I do not declare to be harmless, I’m harmless.”
Smollett was not too long ago indicted on six counts for allegedly mendacity to police concerning the assault after costs in opposition to him had been dropped in March of 2019.
Based on Time, the actor’s authorized workforce has filed for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that refiling costs violated protections in opposition to being charged twice for a similar crime, in any other case referred to as double jeopardy.
When requested whether or not she thinks the declare of double jeopardy will maintain up, Smollett’s legal professional Tina Glandian expressed confidence.
“I do [think that can hold up in court],” she mentioned. “That is why we filed the movement.”
Smollett was then requested whether or not claiming double jeopardy or saying “I did not do it” was the higher protection.
“The reality is one of the best protection,” mentioned Smollett. “The reality, which they know nothing about.”