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Jussie Smollett Reacts to Being Compared to Student Who Lied About Having Her Dreadlocks Cut by Bullies

Jussie Smollett is reacting to being compared to an ongoing news story.

After @theshaderoom posted an update about a Virginia teenager who claimed her white students cut her dreadlocks and then later admitted to making up the story, poet and philanthropist Derrick Jaxn commented: “Jussie really is a trendsetter,” referring to Jussie‘s ongoing legal battle with the city of Chicago over his alleged hate crime.

Jussie reacted with a comment: “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,” he wrote.

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Terrence Howard Reveals If He Still Keeps In Touch With Jussie Smollett

Terrence Howard is on good terms with Empire co-star Jussie Smollett after the controversy surrounding his alleged attack.

The 50-year-old actor recently explained that he still keeps in touch with Jussie and that the show has changed since he left.

“Yes we have [kept in touch]. Jussie played my son…I was so proud of my of that young man that played my son…and then out of nowhere he’s snatched away from us. He was the heart of the show. Now it’s like the show is on a heart and lung bypass machine because the heart of the show is gone,” Terrence said on The Late Late Show.

Terrence continued, “We’re still trying to put the pieces together because my son is gone and they don’t mention him as if it’s okay. It’s like, ‘No, that’s not cool.’”

Hear all that Terrence Howard had to say about Jussie Smollett below…

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'Empire' Films Scene Exactly Where Jussie Smollett Says His Attack Took Place

  • Empire is shooting a scene nearly exactly where Jussie Smollett said he was attacked earlier this year – TMZ
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Jussie Smollett Is Pushing Back in Chicago Criminal Case

  • Jussie Smollett is pushing back against the appointment of a special prosecutor for his criminal case in Chicago. – TMZ
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Taye Diggs Believes 'Empire' Should Bring Back Jussie Smollett

Taye Diggs is sticking up for his friend Jussie Smollett.

During an interview on Black Hollywood Live‘s “Inside The Black Actor’s Studio” podcast, the 48-year-old actor said that he wants the 37-year-old former Empire actor to be brought back to the hit Fox show.

“I have no idea what people are going through. And to be honest, it’s kinda none of my business,” Taye shared. “He is a good friend of mine. I love him. He’s, he’s only done right by me. So you know people go through things. It doesn’t change who he was and who he is to me. It doesn’t change, you know, the attention that we still need to pay to, you know, homophobic. Like, the people, people trip out, just because; whatever happened doesn’t mean that, that the issue that he stands for don’t still exist.”

Jussie was at the center of a major controversy earlier this year when he was allegedly attacked in a hate crime only to be arrested and charged for faking the crime before the case was eventually dropped.

Back in June, Empire showrunner Lee Daniels said that Jussie would not be returning for the upcoming final season of the show and that he is “beyond embarrassed” about the alleged hate crime hoax scandal.

“If I am being honest, the smart thing would be to bring him back and, and let it interweave it into the, into the show, you know?” Taye continued. “I feel like, people, I may get in trouble for saying this, but they’re so quick to just to leave, to leave these people. You know what I mean? So quick to, to fire them, so quick to kind of, you know, throw them away as opposed to, you know, taking their time and, maybe letting it, let it work toward, you know, the program or the job, or, you’d probably get to the bottom of it if he, if he stuck around.”

If you don’t remember, Taye made a guest appearance on in season three of Empire where he played Councilman Angelo DuBois for several episodes.

Taye concluded: “But I feel like people don’t, they don’t stand behind and support their actors as much as they should, you know? Fear. I think it’s fear.”

Jussie Smollett Googled Himself a LOT After Alleged Attack

The search history from Jussie Smollett‘s computer in the days following his alleged attack show the amount of times he Googled himself amid all the media attention.

The 37-year-old Empire actor says that he was the victim of an attack on January 29, which investigators say was a hoax that he set up.

Police records have been released and they include data obtained from his computer search history. Jussie searched for both “Juss” and his name 57 times between January 30 and February 10.

On January 30, one day after the alleged attack, Jussie searched for himself seven times, according to Page Six.

Video footage from a police officer’s body cam was also released, showing that Jussie Smollett was still wearing a noose around his neck when the authorities arrived at the scene.