Terrence Howard, who co-stars, along with a humiliated Jussie Smollett, on the Chicago based TV musi-drama “Empire,” just “broke his silence on the verdict.” He can’t help feeling close to his co-star. After all, his character played Smollett’s father on the show. Dropping a “tough-love” bombshell, he agrees with the jury.
Jussie hung his career
Jussie Smollett may not be addicted to drugs but he’s obviously an attention junkie. He wouldn’t be the first actor on stage, big screen – or that square on the wall – to have the same habit.
It sort of goes along with the territory when you put yourself out in front of millions of adoring fans week after week.
Empire cast member Terrence Howard has a lot of sympathy and understanding. He also totally agrees with the jury who found Jussie “guilty on five out of six charges at his hate crime hoax trial.”
After one witness after another took the stand, between lawyer arguments, for a whole week, “the jury found Smollett had indeed lied to police.”
Contrary to his adamant denials, Jussie did work with “two siblings” he knew from the show “to stage the attack on himself as a hate crime.” Howard watched the whole trial and on Sunday evening, December 12, he went on a radio show to provide the public with his insight.
“It’s interesting, it’s an uncomfortable question because anyone that’s aware of the show or my relationship with Jussie would know” that Smollett played his son on the show. He was also “my son that I had the most difficulty with on that show as far as the character world goes.”
Characters you struggle with
The way Howard sees it, “you end up getting very close to individuals” whose “characters you have the most struggle with.” Not much has changed between them. His family “loves Jussie and I love Jussie.”
That doesn’t mean he disagrees with the jury. “They judged him and found him guilty, 12 of them that judged from a completely unbiased position. You have to respect that.”
Terrence Howard notes that the jury is right to condemn someone for faking a serious hate crime because had the incident really happened as described by Jussie, it could have “set the world on fire.”
The impact on an already unruly Black community would be enormous as a comet impact. Trying to frame deplorable MAGA types could have sparked a race war.
“If they had gotten away with it, whoever orchestrated it. Whatever was set up. If they got away with it, then we would have the potential of Blacks feeling like they need to defend Black people against MAGA, and it could have turned into something very, very scary and very ugly,” Howard explains.
“People would have gotten hurt and killed and if that was the case, the blood on someone’s hands would have been massive.” Jussie won’t simply learn his lesson and work on repenting, he plans to appeal the jury verdict.