Jussie Smollett is an American actor, singer, and photographer who has a net worth of $300,000, according to Forbes magazine. From 2015 to 2019, he was most recognized for his starring role in the television series “Empire,” in which he appeared 2015.
In addition, he has gained recognition as a result of his involvement in an unusual “attack” episode that occurred in Chicago in 2019. More on this occurrence will be discussed later in the text.
Justin Smollett, best known by his stage name Jussie Smollett, was born on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa, California, to Jussie Smollett and his family. Janet (née Harris) and Joel Smollett are his biological parents. He has five siblings, three of whom are brothers and two of whom are sisters.
His family relocated to New York City when he was two years old, settling in the Elmhurst section of the city for a few years before returning to California when he was seven, and then eventually settling in New Jersey, where he remains today. Smollett received his high school diploma from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey.
Smollett got his start in the modeling industry as a kid model in New York City. From there, he went on to work as an extra on the sets of movies made in New York, such as “Mo' Better Blues” (1990) and “New Jack City” (1991), among others (1991).
He won roles in the movie “The Mighty Ducks” (1992) and “North” (1994), and then from 1994 to 1995, he co-starred in the ABC sitcom “On Our Own” with his real-life brothers, all of whom were also cast in the series.
He remained out of the spotlight until 2012, when he appeared in the LGBTQ romantic comedy-drama “The Skinny” (2012) as the lead character Magnus, marking his comeback to the spotlight.
In the same year, he appeared as a guest star on an episode of “The Mindy Project,” and in 2014, he starred in an episode of the television series “Revenge.” When “Empire” premiered on Fox in 2014, Smollett was cast in the character of Jamal Lyon, an out homosexual musician who comes from a family with ties to the music industry.
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard were among the actors who appeared with him on the show. He appeared on the show from seasons 1-5, though his appearances were cut from the final two episodes of the fifth season due to the Chicago “attack” scandal in which he was involved at the time.
He was born in Chicago and raised there. While he was starring in “Empire,” he also acted in the program “Underground,” which co-starred his younger sister Jurnee Smollett and was produced by the same company.
In addition to his acting endeavors, Smollett has also explored a musical career in the past. The “Poisoned Hearts Club” EP, which he published in 2012, was his first release. Later, in 2015, he shared the news that he had signed a recording deal with Columbia Records.
His first studio album, “Sum of My Music,” was released in 2018 on his label, Music of Sound. He has since released two more studio albums. Additionally, Smollett co-wrote numerous original songs for his television program “Empire,” including the songs “I Wanna Love You” and “You're So Beautiful,” which were included on the album “Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire” in 2011. (2015).
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After being attacked by two white guys wearing ski masks on January 29, 2019, Smollett called the police and reported the incident. A noose was placed over his neck, gasoline was poured over his body, he was beaten, and he said that the attackers screamed obscenities at him because of his race and sexual orientation.
He claims that the assailants recognized him from Empire and exclaimed “this is MAGA land,” a reference to the slogan “Make American Great Again” used by President Donald Trump and popularized by the media.
Over several weeks, the Chicago Police Department learned that Smollett was most likely involved in the planning of the attack, which was carried out by two brothers who were familiar with him from their roles as extras on Empire.
According to reports, the brothers were paid $3500 to carry out the planned attack. In February 2019, a grand jury indicted Smollett on a class 4 felony charge of making a fake police complaint, which he admitted to. In the following days, he surrendered himself to the Chicago Police Department.
When he was arrested in March, all charges against him were dismissed. However, the city of Chicago subsequently brought a case against him in April, which resulted in him being indicted by a Cook County grand jury on six counts.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to the accusations against him both times they were brought against him. Following the incident, Fox executives confirmed on April 30, 2019, that Smollett would not be returning for the sixth season of “Empire.”
Fox has reportedly negotiated an option to pay off Smollett's season 6 contract, but the network will not be using him on the show, according to reports. In other words, he's essentially being compensated for his decision not to work on the show for that season of time.
Smollett addressed the incident in a rare interview on September 9, 2020, in which he was asked about it. He participated in an Instagram live chat with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill to discuss the issue, and he maintained his own innocence throughout.
Jussie was sentenced to 150 days in prison on March 10, 2022, after he admitted to lying to the police. As part of his sentence, he must also serve 30 months of felony probation and pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
Personal Life and Real Estate
Smollett openly came out as gay in March 2015, during a televised conversation with television personality Ellen DeGeneres, which was broadcast worldwide. In 2016, Smollett paid $1.687 million on a property in Los Angeles, according to public records. In July of this year, he sold the house for a $30,000 loss.