He's not a nice person. He can be vicious towards other people. He's arrogant. Even though he has lived a charmed life, he has screamed that he was a victim of one thing or another for years. He certainly wasn't being oppressed. He got to become exactly who he wanted to become...an actor.
But he strangely thought he was an acting superstar and demanded that treatment out in public which could be embarrassing at times for friends and family who were out with him. He burned through his cash to keep up the image of a successful actor. It would take a jury with the same mindset of those who were on the O.J. Simpson trial, for Smollett to be found not guilty. For some, it's color before justice. I will take this one with me to the grave as after all these years, I still haven't gotten over seeing people free someone just because of the color of their skin. For them to hate whites so much that they'd allow an absolutely vicious, and guilty, person get away with the brutal murders; really hit me hard. Still is. It was a horrific step back in race relations.
BTW: Smollett, arrogantly asked the prosecutor to stop saying the N-Word while quoting Jussie's own text messages stating it wasn't fair to blacks at the trial. I guess if the prosecutor were black, he could say the word? Some people need a lesson in Free Speech. The prosecutor said he didn't like using the word but since he was quoting Jussie, he obviously had to.