“I’m not here to argue with you about his innocence, but we agree that the punishment does not match the crime,” Taraji had said after Smollett’s sentencing
Taraji P. Henson is a true friend and she proved it by sticking with Jussie Smollett despite the risk of being heated by critics. She became close to the embattled actor while they were working on FOX’s Empire. She was linked to Smollett, who plays her son Jamal on the show, even after being convicted of six counts of felonies and four false police reports three years ago. Jussie is currently being released on a $150,000 personal bail bond.
Henson herself shared the news of her reunion with her on-screen son via her Instagram on Saturday, June 11. The carousel post included a number of her selfies and one with Smollett. She rocked the casual chic look.
Taraji wore a sleeveless denim crop top and paired it with matching flared pants. She teamed it with a black belt and sported stunning sunglasses, along with hoop earrings and flip flops to complete her look. One of the pictures in the multipost showed her sitting next to her friend Jussie. Henson’s supporters loved this interaction between the duo and appreciated the former’s loyalty. Comments included: “That Jussie on the slide! Love you both!” and “Jussieeeeeeee!!! Love to see😍😍😍.”
That was not all. “Cookie and jamal! 😢,” one said, while another exclaimed, “Jamaaaaaaal!!! I love you and Jussi”. “My favvvvvvssss” and “Beautiful!! Hey Jussie!!!🙂,” others wrote.
Meanwhile, some praised her for staying with her friend. One said: “If anything I feel like he needs a friend so I’m glad she’s there to support whatever he’s going through,” while another added: “Good for her. If someone is your friend, you support them.”
“Good for her…I’m glad Taraji doesn’t let social media bullies dictate her life and who she can have with her,” one said. “When friendship is real, you will stay together no matter what people say!” someone added. Another said, “He didn’t cancel, I love him” and someone replied, “He canceled? From who?”
She captioned the post, “Yesterday ❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋”
After being found guilty of hoaxing, Jussie was sentenced in March to 150 days behind bars and two and a half years probation. Taraji was among those who publicly called for his release. Taking to her Instagram account, she said: “I’m not here to debate his innocence with you, but we agree that the punishment does not fit the crime. Emmett Till was brutally beaten and eventually murdered for a lie involving no one involved in his death, spending a day in jail even after Carolyn Bryant admitted her claims were false. No one was hurt or killed during Jussie’s ordeal. He’s already lost everything, EVERYTHING!”
She continued, “He can’t get a job. No one in Hollywood will hire him again as an artist who loves to create, this is prison. My prayer is that he will be released and given house arrest and probation because that is a case that would seem fair.”