Star Jussie Smollett, who was accused on Wednesday of a racist and homophobic attack on herself in Chicago last month, has been in the light of recent weeks – but perhaps not for reasons why a career actor and singer would prefer.
Mr. Smollett, who is black and blatantly gay, reported in January that he was the victim of an attack during which masked men poured chemicals on him and put a string around his neck, giving rise to the release of support from fans, activists and politicians. In a big twist, mr. Smollett, who is in the mid-30's, accused Wednesday of a crime number of disorderly behavior associated with the episode.
Grows up with five siblings who pursue careers in acting, modeling and music, mr. Smollett appeared for the first time on the big screen in 1992. He has been supporting roles in several other film and television shows since he also started a career as an R&B song.
"Empire", which completed its fifth season last year, follows a former drug dealer converted into hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon, whose three sons are competing to run their multimillion-dollar company. Mr. Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon, is a gay singer-songwriter who starts the series from his father because of his sexuality. Mr. Smollett sings in and has written for the series soundtrack.
As a child, Mr. Smollett a role in the family comedy film "The Mighty Ducks" about a lawyer who will train a youth hockey team after he was sentenced to community service. Two years later, Smollett noticed five of his brothers and sisters in an ABC sitcom called "On Our Own" about siblings who are orphans after their parents die in a car accident.
Mr. Smollett's younger sister, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, has grown up to make her mark also in the real world. She is one of the leaders in "Underground", a WGN America show about a group of slaves trying to escape from their Georgia plantation. Mr. Smollett is a guest star on the show.
In 2017 Mr. Smollett in the science-fiction thriller "Alien: Covenant". That year, he also played Langston Hughes in the movie "Marshall", a biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the justice of the first African-American Supreme Court.
Mr. Smollett and his siblings have been pronounced politically and devoted to causes such as H.I.V./AIDS prevention and racist justice. Mr. Smollett sits on the board of four charities, including the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute, according to his website.
Mr. Smollett also has a singing career separate from "Empire." In March, he released a 10-layer R&B album. Days after he reported the attack, Mr Smollett performed for a sold out crowd in West Hollywood, California, told his fans that he would not let his attackers win and that he "should be here tonight."
Mr. Smollett told police in January that, while he was in Chicago, he had been faced with masked white men who directed homophobic and racist slurs on him and announced it was "MAGA country", a reference to President Trump's campaign word.
When Mr Smollett asked whether his hate crime report was truthful, he continued to insist that the incident occurred as he reported.
In a statement published by Fox on Wednesday before the Chicago police noticed Mr. Smollett is a suspect in the case, the network said that his character was not written out by "empire" in response to the police's announcement that the investigation path had changed in contrast to reports from several news stores. Fox later refused to comment after Mr Smollett was accused.
On Wednesday night after his accusation, his lawyers said in a statement: "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, especially when there has been an investigation like this, where information, both true and false, has been repeated repeatedly. times. "