Actor Jussie Smollett appeared on Sway’s SiriusXM where he talked about his controversial homophobic and racist attack case.
As we previously reported, a jury in Cook County, Ill., found actor Jussie Smollett guilty of felony disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime nearly three years ago. He had been been released from jail after serving six days of a 150-day sentence. Despite that, he has always maintained that he is innocent.
While speaking about how he got screwed over, he went on to explain that committing such a big lie would mean he’d exploited the pain and fears of both Black people and the LGBTQ community. Jussie says, “I’m not that motherf***er.”
“If I had done something like this, it would mean that I stuck my fist in the pain of Black Americans in this country for over 400 years … It would mean that I stuck my fist in the fears of the LGBTQ community, all over the world.”
Smollett also told radio host Sway Calloway that he understood “why people felt betrayed” because of the way his story was “served” to the public, thanks to the media:
“I genuinely thought that people were gonna be like, ‘there’s no way that he did some (stuff) like that.’ I’m just like, ‘Y’all know me,’” he said of close friends who supported the guilty verdict. “I do hold some people accountable for the things that they said, for the things that they did, for the ways that they reacted. Because half of those people should have picked up the … phone and called me, because they had my number, you know, and they didn’t.”
During the SiriusXM interview, he also reflected on an interview he did with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” in February 2019 following the alleged Chicago incident:
“I hadn’t watched the interview at all until we were on trial and I had to watch it because they were trying to use the interview as evidence of lies or whatever. So, I had to watch it and I watched it and I was mortified … I cringed at every single word,” he shared. “I didn’t want to be there. And I was so angry and so offended that I had to go on national television and explain something that happened to me. And it was so political, and it was all of those things.”