Jussie Smollett’s sister, actress Jurnee Smollett, says that she believes her brother, the former who Empire actor who has fallen under scrutiny and legal trouble for his alleged hate crime hoax.
“It’s been fucking painful,” said Jurnee Smollett to the Hollywood Reporter of her brother being accused of falsely reporting a hate crime.
The city of Chicago filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett for refusing to repay roughly $130,000 that the Chicago Police Department spent on investigating the now alleged hate crime hoax.
Chicago police alleged that Smollett had staged the attack in an attempt to gain public sympathy to benefit his career.
Smollett was also arrested and indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct in connection to filing a false report about an alleged hate crime against himself.