Jussie Smollett was seen on his first red carpet in years as he attended the premiere of B-Boy Blues at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem in New York City on Friday, with a trial looming ahead over allegations he lied to authorities over a 2019 attack in downtown Chicago.
Smollett, 39, donned a long grey trench coat over a black top with black pants and white sneakers.
Smollett directed the film, and also co-wrote the screenplay with James Earl Hardy, who penned the 1994 novel the movie is based on.
The latest: Actor Jussie Smollett, 39, was seen on his first red carpet in years at the premiere of B-Boy Blues at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem in New York City on Friday
‘Class and culture clash when a college educated journalist from Brooklyn and a homeboy-bike messenger from Harlem fall in love,’ the film’s official synopsis reads.
The Empire actor took to Instagram Stories on Saturday, saying he was ‘beyond humbled’ by the screening.
‘To see all the love for the film is crazy beautiful,’ Smollett said. ‘More to come while I catch up but to everyone who came out last night with so much love and community… on behalf of everyone @bboybluesfilm, thank you.’
He added: ‘We love y’all. Now to find a home for it so the whole world can see.’
Smollett directed the film, and also co-wrote the screenplay with James Earl Hardy, who penned the 1994 novel the movie is based on
Smollett donned a long grey trench coat over a black top with black pants and white sneakers
Smollett posed with actress Brandee Evans, who plays the role of Michi in the motion picture
Smollett is due in court in Chicago November 29 in connection with accusations he lied to police in January of 2019 that two men attacked him while making racist and homophobic slurs. (The actor is Black and gay.)
Lawyers for Smollett last month requested the court drop the case, claiming his rights were being violated in the process.
Smollett’s legal team noted that the actor has finished his community service and had a previous commitment from prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois that the charges would be dropped if he forfeited a $10,000 bond.
Smollett’s lawyer Nenye Uche told the court, ‘A deal is a deal – that’s ancient principle,’ the AP reported last month.
The Empire actor said he was ‘beyond humbled’ in the wake of the screening
Smollett embraced with friends at the screening in the Big Apple
Smollett wants ‘nothing more than to go to a jury and clear his name,’ Uche said.
The presiding judge in the case, Judge James Linn, denied the request, noting that a special prosecutor a separate judge appointed was leading the case, and that jury selection would commence later this month.
Smollett was charged in connection with filing a false police report in 2019 after authorities probing the case said that the actor had paid a pair of brothers to attack him, in an attempt to garner publicity and boost his career.
While the case involving the report was dropped, a special prosecutor subsequently charged the actor with disorderly conduct in connection with the case, in which Smollett has entered a not guilty plea.