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Jussie Smollett’s net worth revealed as actor’s trial begins

Bruno Cooke November 29, 2021
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Jury selection in the trial of Jussie Smollett, whose recent credits include Empire, Alien: Covenant and Marshall, began today – it is taking place in Cook County, Illinois. What is Jussie Smollett’s net worth in 2021 and what relevance are his net worth and salary to his trial?

What is Jussie Smollett’s net worth in 2021?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jussie Smollett’s net worth is in the region of $500,000. This is, however, an estimate, and should not be taken as 100% accurate.

He started his acting career at the age of ten as a child model in New York City. From there, he went on to act in films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and North (1994). 

In 1994 and 1995 he starred alongside his five real-life siblings in ABC sitcom On Our Own. After a long hiatus – barring a role in a short film in 2009 – he returned to acting in 2012. 

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Smollett’s most lucrative roles were likely to be as Jamal Lyon in Fox drama series Empire, and 2017’s Alien: Covenant.

He signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 2015, releasing studio album Sum Of My Music in 2018. He co-wrote the songs I Wanna Love You and You’re So Beautiful, which appeared on the album Original Soundtrack From Season 1 Of Empire.

Why is Jussie Smollett’s salary relevant to this upcoming trial?

As reported by the BBC, jury selection began today in Jussie Smollett’s trial. Prosecutors accuse the actor of lying about an alleged hate crime in Chicago almost three years ago.

Prosecutors have accused him of setting up the attack on himself as a publicity stunt, something Mr Smollett denies.

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The BBC writes: “Authorities allege Mr Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 (£2,630) to carry out the attack to promote his career because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary.’”

Smollett has denied any wrongdoing.

Separately, in 2019, Smollett completed the sale of his Los Angeles condominium for $1.655 million (almost £1.3 million). He sold it at a small loss having bought it for $1.687 million in 2016.

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Does Jussie Smollett have a partner?

Smollett came out as gay in conversation with Ellen DeGeneres in the green room after an episode of her talk show. He came out to his parents when he was 19.

“It was really important to me to make sure (it) got across that there is no closet,” he told DeGeneres.

Per Cheatsheet, rumours circulated in 2017 that he was romantically involved with businessman Tawan Davis. This was never confirmed.

In May 2018, Page Six reported Smollett was “in a happy relationship”. However, it couldn’t reveal with whom.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.