CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett left the Leighton Criminal Court constructing Thursday wanting as stoic and defiant as ever, regardless of being discovered responsible of staging a pretend hate crime three years in the past.
When Smollett is sentenced subsequent month, prosecutors stated they plan to emphasise his weird activate the witness stand, by which he lied for “hours and hours and hours” about how two Trump-loving bigots beat him up, tied a noose round his neck and doused him in bleach.
But removed from displaying regret which may sway the choose in his favor, Smollett, 39, has continued to dig in his heels and informed his attorneys to attraction the decision.
Experts say that stubbornness is among the many textbook indicators of narcissistic character dysfunction that Smollett appears to exhibit — and which can have been exacerbated by rising up in an uncommon household bubble.
“When someone launches someone like this, there’s a grandiose assumption they’ll be able to get away with it,” Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a medical psychologist and skilled on narcissism, informed The Post. “Then it slides into something delusional and the delusion becomes the truth and it becomes the truth he lives in. It becomes his reality.”
While many watching the case questioned why Smollett didn’t simply lower his losses early on, Durvasula stated it doesn’t work that approach with narcissists.
“Nothing cuts through the matrix of this arrogance and delusion and entitlement,” she stated. “They’re all defenses against a deep well of insecurity and inadequacy. Anyone who walks around like this is covering up a stench and it’s something they don’t want others to smell.”
Dr. George Simon, an writer and nationally recognized skilled on narcissists and manipulators, says new analysis reveals fashionable narcissists don’t truly endure from secret low vanity and vulnerability.
“The type of narcissist we’re seeing in today’s indulgent world are those who are truly legends in their own minds,” he informed The Post. “They are at war with the ultimate power: the truth. They’re setting their own rules, not defensively but aggressively. They tell you what reality is and they expect you to believe it.”
The six Smollett youngsters had been united each by their early lives as baby stars on a sitcom collectively and by their mother and father’ longstanding civil rights activism.
Growing up, “we had our own world,” Smollett informed The New York Times in 2016. “We call it our Smoll Nation.” The household had their “own culture” and “ganged up” on anybody who crossed them, his siblings stated.
His sister Jurnee, who affirmed Jussie’s innocence final yr in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, stated the youngsters “have their own culture” and stand by one another it doesn’t matter what.
That household loyalty, coupled with some extraordinary help Smollett bought from highly effective individuals, could have harm Jussie when he wanted somebody to be straight with him, Durvasula stated.
“He had these heavy hitters championing and cheerleading him,” Durvasula stated. “All these people in the political and legal and justice world — [Cook County Attorney] Kim Foxx, the Obamas and Kamala Harris come to mind. They did not do him any favors. His family may also have enabled his grandiose nonsense.”
Dr. Simon says the one treatment for narcissism like what Smollett appears to point out is for them to be “totally defeated.”
“But these folks rarely cave,” he stated. “They have a total abhorrence of giving into anything they see as bigger than themselves.”