Jussie Smollett was once again indicted for allegedly staging a hate-crime attack against himself — nearly a year after charges in the case were abruptly dropped.
Cook County special prosecutor Dan Webb revealed the former “Empire” star had been hit with six new counts of disorderly conduct, accusing Smollett of lying to the Chicago Police Department about the January 2019 incident.
Webb’s investigation revealed that Smollett “planned and participated in a staged crime attack,” and then “made numerous false statements … reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” Webb said in news release.
The 37-year-old actor told cops that he was jumped by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs — as well as, “This is MAGA country!” — at him, in an attack that involved bleach and a noose.
But huge holes quickly appeared in the high-profile case, and police ultimately determined that Smollett had concocted the whole thing, paying two brothers $3,500 to stage the “attack.”
Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian said the indictment “raises serious questions about the integrity of the investigation,” pointing to her client’s pending civil case against the city of Chicago and local cops for “malicious prosecution.”
“One of the two witnesses who testified before the grand jury is the very same detective Mr Smollett is currently suing for his role in the initial prosecution of him,” Glandian wrote in a statement.
“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.”
By: Damilola Faustino