The actor vs the police. An alleged crime… but of assault or fakery? Even President Trump’s calling it a national embarrassment. Newsbeat’s Imran Rahman-Jones asks What’s The Fuss?
It’s the true story you’d struggle to make up – involving celebrities, police, a city mayor and the most powerful man in America.
Best known for his role as Jamal Lyon in TV show Empire, Jussie Smollett is an actor who says he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. But two weeks later, he was arrested and accused by police of faking the whole thing. Suddenly, without any warning, all the charges were dropped and his record was wiped clean. He maintains his innocence – but the prosecutor has said he still believes Jussie’s guilty.
Newsbeat finds out what effect this has had on America, why it’s offended President Trump so much and whether Jussie Smollett’s career can survive. Because there’s one big question that needs answering – Jussie Smollett: What’s The Fuss?