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In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career

 

December 8, 2021



CHICAGO (AP) — Outside the courtroom where former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is fighting charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his publicist has introduced a roster of supporters to the assembled TV cameras.

Renowned opera singer Lauren Michelle, who also appeared on "Empire," spoke of how one of her best friends from high school has maintained his humanity despite the attacks on his character. Smollett's pastor from New York, Damon Mack, said the person prosecutors are portraying in court is not "the Jussie I know."

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