Do you remember the jussie smollett hoax?
Do you remember back a year ago, when smollett, an actor on the show “Empire” claimed to have been racially assaulted in Chicago.
Do you remember when it become clear the assault was a hoax, orchestrated by smollett himself and abetted by two Nigerian brothers – probably to generate publicity/get himself a higher-paying contract?
And do you remember that Kim Foxx, the “prosecutor” (her performance merits those quotation marks) suddenly dropped all charges against him in return for a small fine and a few hours of public service…and sealed the case for no apparent reason?
Well, I am happy to report that those charges have been reinstated.
From Dominic Patten’s article at deadline.com, we have this:
Over a year after claiming he was attacked on the cold streets of Chicago, Jussie Smollett on Tuesday was indicted by a special prosecutor in the case that the former Empire star probably thought was behind him.
The move by special prosecutor Dan Webb will find Smollett back in court in the Windy City on February 24 to face new criminal charges and potential jail time over the widely covered January 29, 2019 incident. With time behind bars again a possibility, Smollett was indicted today on six counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury over falsely reporting the assault.
Appointed back in August, the former U.S. Attorney was tasked with peeling back why the initial charges against Smollett, who played Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama series, were suddenly dropped and sealed last spring with little apparent consequence by the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
The article goes on to point out that the Nigerian Osundairo brothers are fully cooperating in the investigation – which is very, very bad news for jussie smollett.
A lot of money was spent on the wild goose chase smollett invented, and a lot of police hours were expended, at the cost of investigating real crimes.
Maybe this time the smollett hoax will be treated like what it was; not given deferential treatment because an actor is involved.