Jussie Smollett has returned to social media. In his first post since leaving the platform in January after news broke of his alleged attack, the Empire actor shared a clip of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s speech at the Tony Awards.
In the video, Tarrell is speaking about black queer folka as he introduces his nominated play Choir Boy at Radio City Music Hall.
“@octarell_again,” Jussie shared in his post with two prayer emoji’s. “So much #PRIDE.” While Jessie returned to Instagram on Monday (June 10), he disabled the comments section so fans or haters cannot comment on his posts.
The actor has been silent on social media since January 29 when it was revealed the Jussie had been the victim of an alleged racial bigoted attack. Jussie claimed that two men has attacked him, punching him, pouring bleach on him and putting a noose around his neck while shouting “MAGA country,” the abbreviation for President Donald Trump’s slogan Make America Great Again.
As the story unfolded, Jussie was the one indicted on 16 felony counts for alleged “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report.” On March 26, Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” actor. As a result, Jussie was fired from the last two episodes of season 5 of his TV series Empire and will not be returning for the sixth and final season.
“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of,” Jussie said in a press conference after the charges were dropped. “This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family our lives or the movement through a fire like this.”