Jussie Smollett lashed out after being compared to girl who lied about dreadlocks being cut

A well-known self-help guru apparently irked Smollett with his comment on social media.

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October 03, 2019 - 9:48 am

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(KFTK/AP) - Actor Jussie Smollett, formerly of "Empire," has publicly denied lying about faking a hate crime after he was compared to a sixth-grade student who falsely accused three classmates of cutting her dreadlocks.

A comment on social media by self-help guru Derrick Jackson said "Jussie really is a trendsetter," while talking about Amari Allen. She recanted her accusation that three classmates grabbed her and cut her dreadlocks on the playground of a northern Virginia private school.

The comment was made on the Instagram account of the celebrity gossip site, "The Shade Room."

Smollett responded, saying his "story has actually never changed" and "I haven't lied about a thing."

"With all due respect brother, y'all can clown me all you want buy my story has actually never changed and I haven't lied about a thing. Y'all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what actual proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All love."

#ClapbackSeason: #JussieSmollett stepped into #TheShadeRoom to let his truth be known! --

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Last week the 12-year-old girl told multiple media outlets that three of her sixth-grade classmates at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield called her hair "ugly" while they assaulted her at recess. The girl is African American and said her attackers were white.

The girl’s family issued an apology Monday to the boys, the school and the community.

Smollett reported that he had been attacked on his way home from a sandwich shop. Smollett said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. He claimed they shouted, "This is MAGA country'' a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again'' campaign slogan. He asserted that he could see one of the men was white because he could see the skin around his eyes.

Police said Smollett hired two men, both of whom are black, to attack him. Police said Smollett paid the men $3,500.

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