Jurnee Smollett is opening up about her brother Jussie Smollett‘s scandal in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
The 33-year-old Birds of Prey actress admits that the accusations against him have been painful for their family.
If you recall, Jussie was accused of faking the lynching attempt on him outside his Chicago home, and while he didn’t face charges because it was tossed out in 2018, it was revived in 2019.
Just recently, his case against the city of Chicago was thrown out.
“It’s been f***ing painful,” Jurnee shared. “One of the most painful things my family’s ever experienced — to love someone as much as we love my brother, and to watch someone who you love that much go through something like this, that is so public, has been devastating.”
She mentions that she personally “was already in a very dark space for a number of reasons, and I’ve tried to not let it make me pessimistic. But everyone who knows me knows that I love my brother and I believe my brother.”
Jurnee added, “I mean, f***, man, I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘He’s so strong.’ He’s staying creative, as creatives do…singing, writing, working on music.”
This was the latest bombshell brought up in his case with the city of Chicago.
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