CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who sparked rumors he could be attending this yr’s NAACP Picture Awards in Los Angeles, is a loser.
The embattled tv star was nominated for greatest supporting actor in a tv drama for his function as Jamal Lyon on the Fox collection however was edged out by “Gray’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, ABC reported.
Smollett has been nominated for the award 4 years in a row and received in 2017.
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The award was handed out through the untelevised portion of the present Friday night time.
The televised portion will air Saturday night time.
Main as much as the occasion, NAACP Picture Awards host and actor Anthony Anderson stated in gentle of the costs in opposition to Smollett being dropped, he hopes the “Empire” actor will win for his work on the present.
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“I hope he wins,” Anderson instructed Selection journal on Wednesday. “I’m pleased for him that the system labored for him in his favor as a result of the system isn’t at all times honest, particularly for individuals of coloration.”
Smollett has been in the course of a firestorm for weeks in Chicago.
He’s accused of staging an anti-gay, racist assault on himself in January as a way to promote his profession. He has denied the costs from the beginning and says two males approached him, beat him, threw bleach on him and tied a rope round his neck earlier than shouting, “That is MAGA nation,” in reference to President Trump’s marketing campaign slogan, “Make America Nice Once more.”
“I’d not be my mom’s son if I used to be able to one drop of what I’m accused of,” Smollett stated.
Smollett’s co-star Taraji P. Henson, who performs his mom on “Empire”, instructed USA In the present day that she’s “pleased that the reality has lastly been let out, as a result of I knew all of it alongside.”
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The shock resolution to drop prices on Tuesday, adopted by Smollett’s claims of innocence, has nonetheless prompted an instantaneous rebuke from Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent.
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The choice additionally put strain on the state’s legal professional’s workplace.
On Friday night time, Prepare dinner County State’s Legal professional Kim Foxx stated she is open to an out of doors investigation into her workplace’s dramatic resolution to dismiss all prices.