In spite of everything fees in opposition to him had been dropped, Jussie Smollett instructed newshounds, “I’ve been honest and constant on each and every unmarried degree since day one.”

Taraji P. Henson is ecstatic for her “Empire” co-star Jussie Smollett. 

In a shocking reversal introduced Tuesday, prosecutors dropped all fees in opposition to Smollett, 36, who was once indicted final month in Chicago on 16 counts of disorderly behavior for submitting a false police document about being the sufferer of an alleged hate crime.

“I am pleased that the reality has in the end been set unfastened, as a result of I knew all of it alongside,” Henson instructed USA TODAY on Tuesday. “We are all pleased for him, and thank God the reality prevailed.”

Smollett, who’s homosexual and black, filed a police document in overdue January claiming he was once bodily and verbally assaulted in Chicago in a racially and homophobically motivated assault. Henson, 48, has stood by means of the actor since police alleged he staged the crime himself, which ignited a media firestorm. 

Taraji P. Henson’s new movie, “The Easiest of Enemies,” is out April five. (Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

She’s all the time believed his innocence, “as a result of I know him and I do know his observe report,” Henson says. “I am not going to leap on clickbait simply because somebody says one thing derogatory about an individual I do know and love. I am not simply swayed like that. The ones little clickbait (experiences) were not sufficient to discourage me from his immaculate observe report. I do know the kind of activism this younger guy does in his neighborhood, I do know that he is a giver – he is not an attention-seeker.

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“After I know somebody, there is not anything you’ll be able to say to make me turn on them, and that’s the reason what we leave out on this global,” she says. “We want those who stand by means of us. No matter took place to that? Why are we really easy to imagine strangers over other folks we all know?”

Taraji P. Henson, proper, and Jussie Smollett play mom and son Cookie and Jamal Lyon in Fox’s hip-hop drama “Empire.” (Photograph: Chuck Hodes, AP)

Henson says she has no longer but spoken to Smollett in regards to the dropped fees (“I am certain his telephone is leaping off the hook”), nor does she know of his plans to go back to Fox’s “Empire.”

His persona was once written out of the overall two episodes of the tune drama’s 5th season, which has since wrapped manufacturing. Fox hasn’t introduced whether or not Smollett will go back to the display, however launched a remark announcing, “We’re gratified that each one fees in opposition to him had been pushed aside.”

It is unclear what brought on the verdict to transparent the embattled celebrity, even supposing the Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer’s place of job stated it was once partially on account of “his volunteer provider in the neighborhood” and settlement to forfeit his bond to the town of Chicago. 

If there is any lesson to be realized from Smollett’s case, Henson says, it is that “we will have to completely imagine sufferers. That is why numerous other folks, particularly women, really feel like they are able to’t come ahead announcing they have got been raped. I imagine that is why we now have a entire #MeToo motion, as a result of girls have felt they could not come ahead as a result of they would be criminalized by some means. Actions do not simply pop out of the sky – actions occur as a result of they are wanted. You’ve gotten a bunch of people that have not been heard.”


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