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Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a special prosecutor. Fox 32 reported that Chicago special prosecutor Dan Webb has issued this indictment. Smollett is expected in court on February 24, 2020.
All of this stems from the 2019 hate crime that happened in Chicago. The hate crime turned out as a hoax and seemed to be orchestrated by Smollett.
When news of the fake hate crime hit the web Smollett received support from all of his Hollywood friends most notably his former co-stars from Empire Taraji P Henson and Terrance Howard. The internet stood behind the actor.
Once the story started to unravel Smollett’s support waned. .
Smolett was indicted on February 20, 2019 for disorderly conduct and filing a fraudulent police report. The indictment pointed to Smollett paying two Nigerian men to participate in his alleged staged attack.
Those charges were dropped in March of 2019 in exchange for community service and a 10k fine. Smollett doubled down after the charges were dropped. He never once denied that the attack happned.
States Attorney Kim Foxx and former superintendent of The Chicago police were at odds because of this case. Johnson said Smollett and his attorneys “chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”
Former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was also angry about the initial outcome in a press conference in 2019 he share his thoughts “This is, without a doubt, a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power, you’ll get treated one way, other people will be treated another way. There is no accountability.” said Emanuel
Smollett has since gone into obscurity since the initial incident. There were rumors of him joining the final season of Empire but that did not happen. Details are still surfacing in this new indictment.
So what do you think? Will Jussie serve time? Share in the comments.
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All charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped with relation to the masked attack that Smollett claimed to have happened to him in February. Smollett was under intense scrutiny as different pieces of his story seemed to be inconsistent and after two Nigerian men were questioned and were suspected by CPD that they were hired by Jussie to commit the crime. As a result of these inconsistencies Jussie was arrested and charged with 16 felony counts stemming from falsifying a police report. The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took to the airwaves to reprimand Smollett for wasting the resources of the police department for and event that seemed to materialize as a hoax. Todays turn of events raises an eyebrow and sets yet another spotlight on the city of Chicago which is currently set to elect it first Black Woman as Mayor of Chicago.
“He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement.” Said Smollett’s attorney Patricia Brown Holmes
It still is not clear why the charges were dropped or if the Chicago Police department is admitting to a rush to judgement. A statement from the Cook County States Attorney reads “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago,” the statement continues “we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago; however his attorneys stand by the position that Smollett’s charges being dropped are not the result of a plea deal but an agreement. This decision was made so Jussie would not have to fight and to get this over with.
“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. Ive been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mothers son if I was capable of one drop of what I had been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of faith. I am a man who has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family our lives or the movement through a fire like this.” said Smollett as he exited the court.
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