Jussie Smollett of 'Empire' Fame Indicted on Six Counts by Special Prosecutor over Alleged Fake 2019 Attack
Jussie Smollett was indicted on six counts of disorderly conduct by a special prosecutor on Tuesday. This comes after his alleged fake 2019 attack.
Former "Empire" Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on Tuesday by special prosecutor Dan Webb following the alleged anti-gay and racist attack on him that happened in January 2019.
He is due to appear in court on February 24, at the Criminal Court Building. He was indicted on six counts of disorderly conduct, which includes lying to Chicago police when he reported the alleged attack last year.
Jussie Smollett accused two brothers of beating him and tying a rope on his neck as he walked towards a restaurant late at night.
THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF INDICTMENT
The statement on the indictment released by special prosecutor Webb revealed that after investigating the alleged attack thoroughly, the City of Chicago is further prosecuting Smollett.
"A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime."
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SMOLLETT'S CAMP RESPONDS TO THE INDICTMENT
While the Office of the Special Prosecutor announced that it conducted a thorough investigator of the case, Smollett's attorney, Tina Glandian, believes otherwise.
According to Gandian, the re-prosecution happened because of politics and not justice, especially since previous charges were dropped due to a lack of substantial evidence against the actor.
"The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State's Attorney election is clearly all about politics not justice."
THE ALLEGED HATE CRIME
Unfortunately for Smollett, the investigation switched towards his direction after finding evidence that he faked the racist and anti-gay attack on himself to advance his acting career once it happened.
Now, his indictment re-opens his closed case, following how authorities dropped all charges against him in March 2019, abandoning the criminal case after the allegations were made.