, Smollett came out as gay during a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. Smollett was indicted in February 2019, for disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a fake hate crime assault. , In June 2015, it was announced that Smollett would guest-star alongside his younger sister Jurnee in Underground, which aired in 2016.  He has said that his father would "kill you if you called him white". Die Highschool schloss er in Paramus im Bundesstaat New Jersey ab.. März 2015 outete sich Smollett bei Ellen DeGeneres als homosexuell. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant (2017) as Ricks and in Marshall (2017) as Langston Hughes. Smollett self-released it through his own label, Music of Sound. Jurnee Smollett ist die Tochter von Janet und Joel Smollett.  First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats said the office reached a deal with Smollett's defense team in which prosecutors dropped the charges upon Smollett performing 16 hours of community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond.  On March 26, 2019, all charges filed against Smollett were dropped, with Judge Steven Watkins ordering the public court file sealed.  On June 12, 2020, a judge struck down Smollett's claim that his February charge violated the principle of double jeopardy. However, he stated his belief that openness to love is more important than gender, revealing that "If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I'm going to love that woman. , Smollett began his acting career as a child model in New York City, and later worked as an extra on the New York-shot movies Mo' Better Blues and New Jack City.  The next day, Smollett surrendered himself at the Chicago Police Department's Central Booking station. Bekannt wurde er durch die Fernsehserie On Our Own (1993–1994) und durch die Rolle des Jamal Lyon in der Fox-Musical-Fernsehserie Empire (seit 2015).
, On April 12, 2019, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County against Smollett for the cost of overtime authorities expended investigating the alleged attack, totalling $130,105.15. In 2015, Smollett portrayed musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, a role that was hailed as groundbreaking for its positive depiction of a black gay man on television.  The charges were dropped the following month, but in February 2020 he was reindicted on similar charges relating to the same incident. Jussie Smollett Was in Your Favorite '90s Movies & Is Back on Your New Favorite Show", "Malik Yoba denies outing 'Empire' co-star as gay", "Being Gay And Black On TV Will Never Be The Same", "Empire Season 4: A Prince Homage and Jussie Smollett's Directorial Debut", "Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire' for next season", "Jussie Smollett's 'Empire' role cut from season's final episodes, creators say", "Review: Jussie Smollett Wears Crown on 'Empire' Soundtrack", "Empire's Jussie Smollett Heads Underground Opposite Sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell", "Jussie Smollett on His New Album 'Sum of My Music' & Taking Ownership of His Life: 'I've Never Sold Myself to Anybody, "Review: 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett delivers solid debut album", "Empire's Jussie Smollett Comes Out to Ellen", "Empire Sex Scandal: Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett Defend That Shocking Hook-Up", "Judge scolds Jussie Smollett over allegations he staged racist, anti-gay attack: 'Vile and despicable, "Actor Jussie Smollett charged with felony for allegedly filing a false police report", "Jussie Smollett case: FBI investigates whether actor had any role in threatening letter", "Chicago Police Department Original Case Incident Report", "Newly revealed report offers chilling details of alleged Jussie Smollett attack", "Detectives piecing together 'digital puzzle' as they investigate report of attack on, "Surveillance video shows two 'people of interest' in alleged assault against, "Jussie Smollett Hits Back at Doubters as He Details Brutal Attack", "Jussie Smollett Faces Felony Charge, Accused of Faking Own Assault", "Jussie Smollett goes from victim to suspect over alleged hate-crime attack", "Smollett dragged 'Chicago's reputation through the mud': CPD Supt.Johnson", "Jussie Smollett Arrested by Chicago Police for 'Publicity Stunt' to Further His Career", "Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped; 'His Record Has Been Wiped Clean, "Why prosecutors dismissed the charges against Jussie Smollett", "Jussie Smollett's Community Service Was with Jesse Jackson's Org", "Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett After Actor Forfeits $10,000 Bail, Completes 16 Hours Of Community Service", "Jussie Smollett's Charges Are Dropped, Angering Mayor and Police", "Jussie Smollett won't be prosecuted on charges he faked attack", "Charges dropped against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett", "Jussie Smollett update: City sues 'Empire' actor for cost of investigating alleged staged attack", "Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett After He Refuses to Pay Investigation Costs", "The FBI Is Looking Into Why Charges Against Jussie Smollett Were Dropped", "Jussie Smollett files countersuit against Chicago claiming malicious prosecution", "Jussie Smollett's double jeopardy claim tossed out by judge", "Empire Cast – Chart history – Billboard (Hot 100)", "Jussie Smollett – Chart history – Billboard (Hot 100)", "Empire Cast – Chart history – Billboard (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)", "Jussie Smollett – Chart history – Billboard (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)", "Empire Cast – Chart history – Billboard (Hot R&B Songs)", "Jussie Smollett – Chart history – Billboard (Hot R&B Songs)", "Empire Cast – Chart history – Billboard (Adult R&B Songs)", "Jussie Smollett – Chart history – Billboard (Adult R&B Songs)", "lescharts.com – Discographie Jussie Smollett", Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, "Suche – Offizielle Deutsche Charts (Search: Jussie Smollett)", "Conqueror by Empire Cast featuring Estelle and Jussie Smollett – Music Charts", "Good Enough by Empire Cast and Jussie Smollett – Music Charts", "Ain't About The Money by Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett and Yazz – Music Charts", "Chart Search (Jussie Smollett: Bubbling Under Hot 100", "Why Isn't 'Empire's' Music Topping the Billboard Charts?