Jussie Smollett Returns to Instagram With a Song and a Joke

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Jussie Smollett grabbed his keyboard Wednesday to belt out a song for the gram.

The actor posted a video of himself singing and captioned it, “Quarantine day 421… Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona.”

The number 421 is of special significance for Smollett, not because of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, it represents the number of days since January 29, 2019, when he was allegedly attacked in the dead of night by two men in Chicago yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

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The former Empire star has been laying low since police accused him of staging the attack.

After the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped all 16 charges in March 2019, special prosecutor Dan Webb was appointed by a judge to review the case. Last month a grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Smollett with “making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime.”

Hours after Webb announced details of the new charges, Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian released a statement saying efforts to re-prosecute her client are “about politics not justice.”

Smollett’s legal team says because the initial charges against him were dropped, he shouldn’t have been charged by the special prosecutor.

The actor maintains his innocence.