Jussie Smollett’s sister, Jurnee, has taken his side amidst the ongoing probe into whether the actor offered money to two individuals for staging an attack against him in January last year.
Wrenching the heart
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jurnee came to share, “It’s been f–king painful. one of the most painful things my family’s ever experienced — to love someone as much as we love my brother, and to watch someone who you love that much go through something like this, that is so public, has been devastating.”
Later on, the actress remarked, “I was already in a very dark space for a number of reasons, and I’ve tried to not let it make me pessimistic. But everyone who knows me knows that I love my brother and I believe my brother.”
The initial complaint
In January 2019, the “Empire” actor told police that he faced an attack outside his apartment in Chicago where two men in ski masks made fun of him with anti-gay and ethnic slanders who even put a noose around his neck.
In the light of loyalty
At that time, allegations of filing fake police reports were made, dropped, and restored in the context of the unusual case. Meanwhile, Jussie has faithfully maintained his innocent stand throughout the trial. In June, it was announced that brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who accused Jussie of paying them in the hate crime would eventually come to serve their evidence against the star.
Jurnee, who stars in the HBO series “Lovecraft Country” has shared that failing to defend her brother has been “maddening”, and insisted that the conflicting situation has not negatively influenced her career. She said, “We are blessed to have a community of people who know him, and know that he wouldn’t do this.”