Chris Rock shaded Jussie Smollett about his attack controversy at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards after the latter was acquitted of all charges against him.
Rock presented the Outstanding Comedy Series at the awards show. However, before presenting he let the crowd know that he was asked not to make any jokes about Jussie Smollett. He said, “I get to present an award. They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. I know. I know. What a waste of light skin. You know? You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would have out of here. Running Hollywood.”
He continued, “What the hell was he thinking? You Jesse from now on. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect. You ain’t getting no respect from me”. Smollett was nominated at the awards show for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, but did not attend the ceremony and lost to Grey’s Anatomy star Jessie Williams.
The charges against Smollett were dropped by the Chicago police in a surprising turn of events after Smollett became a suspect in his own case. His attorneys released a statement saying, “Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong.”
The lawyers added, “It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim, in this case, was the only just result”. They added that Smollett is “relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends, and career.”
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office told E!, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
Smollett has been written off Empire’s last two episodes.