AceShowbiz - Jussie Smollett seemingly has no plan to give up on maintaining his innocence. After he was released from prison, the former "Empire" star released a new song in which he addressed his hate crime scandal.
The 39-year-old unleashed the audio clip on his Instagram account on Friday, April 8. It begins with a signed statement by the actor that reads, "Channeling these thoughts the best way I know how. Love you."
"It's like they're hellbent on not solving the crime / Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that's straight taking lives," he then raps. "But turn around and act like I'm the one that killed the strides."
"Some people searching for fame/ Some people chasing that clout/ Just remember this... this ain't that situation," Jussie continues. "You think I'm stupid enough to kill my reputation?/ Just simply to look like a victim."
In December 2021, Jussie was found guilty of five of the six counts of felony disorderly conduct pertaining to making four false police reports relating to his hate crime hoax. In March, Judge James Linn handed down an overall sentence of 30 months probation, $120,106 in restitution to the Windy City, and a further $25,000 fine.
However, just less than a week into a 150-day sentence, Jussie was let go from jail. In a 2-1 ruling, the justices ordered him released pending the appeal of his conviction, on the condition that he post a $150,000 bond.
Some people were not happy with Jussie's release. One in particular was rapper 50 Cent, who shared a screenshot of an article about the news on Instagram. In the caption of the post, he argued, "They let this fool out in less than a week. LOL."