If you haven't been following the Jussie Smollett vs. the Chicago Police Department's case, then you're truly missing out. As you all know, Jussie has been charged with 16 felony charges. But the charges were dropped and Jussie was given community service, while paying a $10,000 fine.
Chicago PD were outraged with the preceding of the case and decided to file a lawsuit for Jussie to pay $130,000 for the investigation cost, which they believe was a waste of their time and continues to claim that Jussie staged his attack to get a raise on the hit- drama show, Empire.
Now, as you know, State Attorney, Kim Foxx has changed her mind about dropping the charges to Jussie Smollett's case when her text messages were leaked out to the public about reopening the case. Everything is not looking well for Jussie Smollett right now.
On April 20th, Jussie's older brother Jojo Smollett wrote an essay entitled "What If Jussie Is Telling The Truth?", which you can find on BET website to read the entire essay.
Jojo wrote this essay hoping that everyone would see Jussie's innocence just like him and the rest of their family. In the essay he states "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. Like so many others, this entire process quickly devolved from a focus on him as a victim of assault, to him being falsely accused and held responsible for a crime that was perpetrated against him."
He continues saying, "After several leaks from "unnamed" police sources and despite a long history of wrongful accusations from the Chicago Police Department, many in the media accepted these unconfirmed reports as fact."
Jojo Smollett wrote the essay so that people can see that Jussie is innocent of all charges because CPD didn't have hardcore evidence to create a case against him. In the essay he says, "If the CPD had no evidence to support the idea of a hoax, prior to interviewing the Osundarios, then they base their whole case against Jussie on that interview. The police chief later admitted that the men made no mention of a hoax until the final hour that they could legally be held."
He continue saying, "Jussie had already refused to sign a complaint against the Osundarios, convinced that these men, one who he had considered a friend and the other an acquaintance, could not be his attackers. Most importantly, detectives refused to show Jussie video, photos, or any evidence to prove they were the attackers."
JoJo was discussing the process of what Jussie Smollett went through and the traumatizing experience that he endured from the attack, including the accusations from the CPD.
"I started to notice an online "bandwagon" approaching ignoring whether there were any real facts to suggest his guilt." He continues saying, "Jussie is as strong as iron, but following an attack like this, there is a normal and natural amount of post trauma that mostly anyone should expect to suffer. I have literally seen him violently awakening from night terrors, following the assault."
So the question remains, what if Jussie Smollett is in fact telling the truth? What are your thoughts on the matter?