Prominent "Empire" actor, Jussie Smollett, has reportedly checked into a rehabilitation facility after experiencing what his representatives describe as an 'extremely tumultuous past few years.' Smollett remains embroiled in legal proceedings as he seeks to overturn his 2021 conviction in Chicago.
In December of the previous year, Smollett was found guilty of orchestrating a hoax assault against himself, characterizing it as a racist and anti-gay attack, and subsequently misleading the Chicago Police Department. Sources have informed TMZ that the actor is now in an outpatient treatment center, although the exact location remains undisclosed.
Spokesperson Praises Smollett's Efforts
A spokesperson for Smollett commented, "Jussie has navigated through exceptionally challenging years. He's been committed to self-improvement, and we commend him for taking these essential steps towards recovery." The specifics of Smollett's rehabilitation reasons are currently unclear.
However, testimonies from his trial indicated potential substance misuse. Furthermore, in March, Smollett sought a retrial after his incarceration for masterminding the hoax assault. The investigation by the Chicago police culminated in the arrest of brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.
They were believed to have been commissioned by Smollett to execute the faux crime. Consequently, Smollett received a 150-day jail sentence last year. In a comprehensive 102-page appeal, Smollett's defense argued that the actor's constitutional rights had been violated due to alleged prosecutorial misconduct.
Among these allegations was the claim that a defense witness faced undue pressure to alter his testimony. The 2019 incident saw Smollett alleging he was attacked by two masked individuals shouting pro-Trump sentiments. The narrative became even more convoluted when it was revealed that the purported attackers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, were acquaintances of Smollett.
The Osundairo brothers, who took the stand during the trial, maintained that Smollett had hired them to simulate the assault to amplify his public image. However, Smollett presented a differing narrative, suggesting the Osundairo brothers orchestrated the attack to intimidate him into hiring them as personal bodyguards.
In a surprising courtroom revelation, Smollett also disclosed a personal relationship with Abimbola Osundairo. Following his conviction, the actor only served six days before an appellate court mandated his release while awaiting an appeal decision.
In a subsequent development, the Osundairo brothers have initiated a defamation case, countering Smollett's claims that painted them as violent, racist, and homophobic individuals. They assert that Smollett's comments were deliberate attempts to misrepresent their character.