Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett publicly denied lying about staging a hate crime last year in a comment on a social media post comparing him to a sixth grade student who falsely accused three classmates of cutting her dreadlocks.
Self-help social media guru Derrick Jackson posted a comment on Instagram likening Smollett to Amari Allen, the school student who recanted her claims about three boys cutting her hair on Monday after security camera footage during the investigation showed the attack did not occur when and where Allen alleged.
“Jussie really is a trendsetter,” Jackson wrote under a picture of the girl posted by The Shade Room, a celebrity gossip site that promises to deliver “the latest tea.”
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Approximately an hour later, Smollett responded that his “story has actually never changed” and that "I haven't lied about a thing.”
“Y’all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what actual proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs,” Smollet wrote. “Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All love.”