Jussie Smollett Checks Into Rehab After Tough Years
Jussie Smollett is trying to rebuild his life following a series of public incidents.Wednesday revealed that the 41-year-old Empire actor will begin outpatient rehab.
Julie has had a rough few years. He has quietly been working hard for some time, and we are proud of him for taking these necessary actions, a spokesman for the actor told journalists.
The statement did not mention his treatment goal. During his highly publicized trial for a Jan. 29, 2019 incident, the Osundairo brothers, Abimbola “Bola” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, stated they gave Smollett illicit drugs.
The Skinny actor was sentenced to prison and probation in March 2022 for staging a hate crime hoax with the Osundairos and submitting a fraudulent police complaint.
He was sentenced to 30 months of felony probation, including 150 days in prison, $120,106 in reparations, and a $25,000 fine. He was freed after less than a week in jail, awaiting an Illinois conviction appeal.
On Jan. 29, 2019, homosexual Black male Smollett said two guys assaulted him late at night on his way home from Subway.
He said the masked individuals hurled racial and homophobic obscenities, roped him, and drenched him with bleach.
Fox CEO Charlie Collier revealed he would cancel Smollett’s role as musical talent Jamal Lyon for Empire’s sixth and final season.
Taraji P. Henson, Smollett’s Empire co-star, supported him many times after his dismissal.
She remarked, “We miss Jussie,” on media. We consider him family. We cannot waste five years of family. I miss him.”
Smollett denied guilt throughout the trial.
He told the court, “I’m not suicidal, and if anything happens to me in jail, I didn’t do it to myself. You must all remember that.”
Smollett was freed from prison less than a week after his sentence to appeal.
According to court records acquired by the media, “the defendant has been convicted on non-violent offenses,” and the court “will be unable to dispose of the instant appeal before the defendant would have served his entire sentence of incarceration.”
Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian of Geragos & Geragos, told journalists, “We are gratified that Jussie will be back with his family and loved ones and look forward to a dispassionate review and reversal of the serial injustices visited upon him.”
In November 2021, Smollett attended his first red carpet event in years during a screening of his directorial debut, B-Boy Blues, at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem Multiplex in New York City.
“So much affection for the film is adorable. I will share more later, but thank you to everyone who showed love and community last night. @bboybluesthefilm, thank you from everyone. We adore you. The next day, Smollett said on Instagram, “Now to find a home for it so the world can see.”