The brother of Jussie Smollett has claimed that the disgraced Empire star is having “night terrors” over the hoax attack that police say he perpetrated against himself back in January.
In an op-ed for BET entitled ‘What if Jussie is Telling the Truth,’ Jojo Smollett reveals that his brother is “violently awakening from night terrors” from the supposed attack against him back in January, which Chicago Police have since confirmed was a hoax.
“Within less than three months, his life has been turned upside down as my family and I have witnessed him endure unrelenting attacks to his character and reputation,” Jojo wrote. “To define this experience as unjust would be an understatement.”
Last month, Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false police report in which he claimed he was attacked by two supporters of Donald Trump, who also shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him in downtown Chicago.
“We can’t ignore the desire among the far-right to criminalize whole sectors of the country, which they either refuse to accept or feel are natural political opponents,” contended Jojo Smollett.
Jojo concluded by thanking the people who have stood by his brother at a time when his integrity has been brought into question.
“Let me be clear, it is undeniable that many people on social media support my brother,” he wrote. “The love he receives from his village, fans and fellow activists is real. His gratitude is unwavering.”
Jussie Smollett has had the backing of his family throughout the process. Last month, they released a statement praising prosecutors for the decision and describing him as an “innocent man” whose name was “unjustly smeared.”