Empire actor Jussie Smollett reacted to a comment on a social media post that compared him to the 6th-grade girl who falsely accused three classmates of forcefully cutting her dreadlocks.
Journalist Derrick Jackson compared Smollett to Amari Allen, the girl who admitted to making up the story after security camera footage proved that the attack never occurred.
"Jussie really is a trendsetter," Jackson wrote under The Shade Room’s Instagram post. The post featured a picture of Amari Allen.
The comment was referring to Smollett's allegations earlier this year, where he alleged that two Trump supporters had assaulted him in Chicago and placed a noose around his neck. The incident was later determined to be false, as the two “attackers” were actually of Nigerian descent and knew Smollett personally.
About an hour later, Smollett replied to Jackson’s comment: "With all due respect brother, y'all can clown me all you want but my story has actually never changed and 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. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don't. So carry on. All love."
Police investigations into Smollett's claims eventually uncovered that the two brothers were behind Smollet's alleged attacks. It was then revealed that Smollet had paid one of them for personal training, and had also been a guest star on "Empire."
The two alleged that Smollet paid them to stage the attack, and even bought the red baseball caps they wore. The caps were meant to look like Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" caps.
Smollet was charged with orchestrating the attack in an attempt to negotiate a higher salary on Empire. However, charges were dropped, and Smollet paid a $10,000 bail and did 16 hours of community service. However, Smollet still maintains he was a victim, and publicly denies lying about the incident.