WHAT THE? Jussie Smollett Nominated For a NAACP “Image Award!”

There’s a shocking new twist in the Jussie Smollett scandal that will leave many jaws dropping.

Smollett is nominated for a NAACP image award despite being accused of perpetrating a hate crime hoax.

NAACP image award host Anthony Anderson says he hopes Smollett will attend.

USA Today reported that just days after the prosecutors dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, who had been indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, the “Empire” actor could again make headlines.

Smollett is nominated for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, scheduled for Saturday. Six-time host and “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson told Variety on Wednesday that he hopes to see the controversial actor there.

“I hope he wins,” Anderson added. “I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color. So I’m glad it worked out for him.”

From CBS Local LA

Jussie Smollett has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award happening this Saturday in Hollywood, but it is unclear if the “Empire” actor will be in attendance.

The award show comes just days after 16 counts of disorderly conduct had been dropped against Smollett.

The actor was accused of falsifying a police report and lying to police after falsely reporting being the victim of a hate crime attack back in January.

This year will be the fourth time Smollett has been nominated for the Image Awards’ Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, winning the award in 2017.

According to Variety, “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, who is hosting the award show for the sixth time, hopes to see Smollett there.

On Wednesday, Anderson told Variety, “I hope he wins…I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color. So I’m glad it worked out for him.”

Anderson went on to say, “It’s not my place or any other person’s place to judge him or what not, but I’m glad that he’s nominated,” Anderson concluded. “I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech.”

Pamela Sharp, a representative for Smollett, told USA TODAY that she did “not have that information as of now” as to whether the nominee would be in attendance Saturday.