Jussie Smollett, on a podcast released on his 40th birthday, still protested that he was not responsible for the infamous hoax in which he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack, insisting, “If I had done this, I’d be a piece of s***.”
Speaking on the Sway’s SiriusXM podcast, Smollett, who was found guilty of felony disorderly conduct for the incident but later only spent six days in jail pending appeal of his original 150-day sentence, declared there was no doubt he had not created the hoax.
“And I don’t think that that is — I don’t think that that is, that’s not really questionable,” he stated. “I wanted to say ‘If I had done something like this, it would mean that I stuck my fist in the pain of black Americans in this country for over 400 years.’”
“It would mean that I stuck my fist in the fears of the LGBTQ community all over the world. I am not that motherf*****. Never have been. Don’t need to be,” he asserted.
“Smollett told police on January 29, 2019, that he was attacked by two men in Chicago at 2 a.m. who he claimed made racist and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck, poured an ‘unknown substance’ on him, and yelled that this is ‘MAGA country,’” The Daily Wire reported.
“For whatever reason, I genuinely thought that people were gonna be like, ‘There is no way he did some bulls*** like that,’” Smollett continued on the podcast. “Y’all know me. And I’m thinking, people’s history should mean something.”
Smollet then attempted to deflect by saying some claims against him were true, but the claims he had perpetrated the hoax were not:
And it’s very interesting: When someone lies on you, over and over, and you know what is the lie, then you’re forced to acknowledge the truths around the matter as well. And that’s really painful as well, cause it’s easy to just be like, “That’s a bulls*** lie. I didn’t do no f***ing hoax. F*** that.” But then at the same time, then they bring out drug stuff. And you’re, “Whew, I did do that.” And you’re sitting there and you’re like, “But this doesn’t have anything to do with what y’all are saying I did do that I didn’t do.”
“I don’t hold the people to anything that stepped back,” Smollett said of his critics. “I hold the people that went out there and said s***. I hold them to something, And not the people who don’t know me. But the people who do know me? F*** out of here. Y’all know better than that, Y’all know better than that. That’s some PR bulls***. And you know who you are. And I will not name names and I love everybody, but I don’t like everybody.”
“I am an actor, a director, a writer, a producer,” Smollett claimed. “If I were to do something, it would not be to look like a victim. It would be to look like, if anything, someone strong.”