Jussie Smollett breaks social media silence with Tonys-related post

Jussie Smollett broke his social media silence on Monday, posting to Instagram for the first time since Jan. 28 – the day before he reported being the victim of an attack that ended up being a hoax.

The embattled “Empire” actor on Monday shared a video of a speech given during Sunday’s Tony Awards by “Choir Boy” playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney.

“So much #PRIDE,” Smollett captioned the clip, where Alvin said, “… In ‘Choir Boy,’ set in the fictive Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, we chronicle the moment when a black queer kid, Pharus, tries to use their gift of song to uphold his great legacy of spirituals and the moment his community accepted his gift but diminished his light.”

“The bodies that uphold the great legacy of spirituals are often black and queer. When will we love all of them for who they are, not just for what they can do?” added McCraney.

Until Monday, Smollett, 36, had remained quiet on Instagram since the day before he claimed to the Chicago Police Department that he was jumped on a desolate city street by a pair of masked men yelling racist and homophobic slurs.

Following a lengthy investigation, however, Chicago Police Department determined Smollett, who is openly gay, had fabricated the whole story.

He was arrested on Feb. 20 and charged with filing a false police report and faced 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

But in a stunning move, Chicago prosecutors on March 26 abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett with little explanation.

Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal.

Shortly after the charges against him were dropped, he told reporters, “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”

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