Jussie Smollett Facing six new charges
The TV actor Jussie Smollet has been prosecuted by special investigators in Illinois on six counts of lying and misleading the police. Former Empire actor who is black and gay, claimed he was a victim of hate crime in January 2019.
The incident happened in Chicago and authorities claim he staged the incident to get publicity. But, this is something the actor has always denied.
According to BBC, Special investigator Dan Webb has said:
Smollett now faces six counts of disorderly conduct.
Smollett’s side of the story:
Last year in January, Smollett was attacked by two men in masks. The incident took place in Chicago. The attack was classified as racist and homophobic. Chicago police said:
They said the actor was punched in the face, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck.
Jussie Smollett said the attackers used references to “Maga” or make America great again. This is a slogan used by President Donald Trump’s comrades. Many celebrities like; Janelle Monae, Viola Davis, TI and his co-stars on Empire, tweeted messages of support for the actor.
Why was Jussie Smollett arrested?
Last year in February, the former Empire actor was arrested. Because he was accused on charges of faking the attack to gain popularity. The actor allegedly paid two brothers to carry out the attack. All this was done to promote himself socially and publically because he was not happy with his salary. Later in March, all charges were dropped after a court appearance.
What’s happening now?
Special prosecutor, Dan Webb, got appointed in August to investigate how the case was handled last year. Webb said that the Chicago police did wrong to drop the case last year. And Webb continued to say in a statement that he will prosecute Smollett further.
He also said that his office had obtained “sufficient factual evidence” to argue that prosecutors were wrong to drop the case last year.
Smollett is due in court on 24 February, according to BBC.
The city has also sued the actor in a civil suit, seeking payment of more than $130,000 (£100,000) for overtime paid to officers involved in investigating his claims. Smollett has filed a countersuit.