Jussie Smollett’s career is over regardless of what legal decision happens in his case, according to public relations expert. Smollett recently made an appeal to the public.
Smollett’s record was recently wiped clean, and TMZ reported that he will be surrendering a $10,000 bond which was set in February. According to crisis management mogul Ronn Torossian however, Smollett will not have a future on Empire. He told Metro, “I think it’s a lot like OJ Simpson. Even if you’re found innocent in the court of law you’re still guilty in the court of public opinion,” adding that Smollett’s future is on a “third rate reality show”.
He added, “I think the reality is that this whole thing is just a joke. I think it’s not something that can be taken seriously. I think the whole thing is essentially just a lot of noise and who needs this headache? Maybe this guy will appear on some third rate reality show. But I think that Jussie Smollett’s career in Hollywood is essentially over.”
He continued, “What I would say to a client who was thinking of hiring him for something is, ‘What do you need this clown show for? What do you need this sideshow for?’ If a client of mine wanted to hire him – this is not some megastar that’s gonna bring in more of an audience, it’s just a sideshow.”
Addressing Smollett’s future on Empire, Torossian said, “If I was advising Empire I would tell them not to welcome him back. The reality is who needs this headache? ‘What does he bring besides a lot of noise? I don’t know what that contributes. If I was advising them I would tell them not to take him back. I don’t think in the court of public opinion there has been anything which involves racial, sexual, political allegations like this. I think it’s really something different. I think he’s gonna come out and make a lot of noise but I think there’s still a lot of questions. Even if he says he’s innocent there’s still a lot of weird questions.”
After leaving the courthouse, Smollett said, “I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this.”
Empire has not commented on whether Smollett is returning.