BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Indicted By Special Prosecutor

Sandy Malone

Former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett was indicted by Special Prosecutor Dan Webb on Tuesday.

Chicago, IL – Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted by a special prosecutor on Tuesday afternoon.

WFLD reported that Special Prosecutor Dan Webb had indicted Smollett on charges related to the alleged racist and homophobic attack that the actor reported to police on Jan. 29, 2019.

The indictment happened just one month after a Cook County judge ordered Google to turn over copious amount of information from the accounts Smollett and his manager and five months after the special prosecutor began his investigation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two white supporters of President Donald Trump on his way home from a Subway restaurant.

He claimed the men called him homophobic and anti-black slurs and told him “This is MAGA country” as they beat him up and put a noose around his neck. He also said they threw a chemical on him.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained at a press conference the day of Smollett’s arrest that that police considered the actor a victim up until Ola and Abel Osundairo returned from Nigeria to Chicago and were taken into police custody, and then the investigation “spun in a totally different direction.”

“We gave him the benefit of the doubt up until that 47th hour. But when we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” he explained.

He said the brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with another $500 after they returned from a planned trip to Nigeria.

“We have the check that he used to pay them,” Superintendent Johnson said.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 8 that Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

But then on March 26, the State’s Attorney’s Office unceremoniously announced all charges against the “Empire” actor had been dropped.

The city of Chicago has since sued Smollett for the cost of the overtime the police department incurred while investigating the hoax and the actor has counter-sued for malicious prosecution.

But despite that legal wrangling over dollars and cents, Smollett is not yet in the clear on the criminal charges he initially faced.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin in June of 2019 appointed a special counsel to investigate what actually happened after information about Smollett hiding evidence and the involvement of Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, in the case.

Toomin said that Foxx was right to recuse herself from Smollett’s trial after she asked Commissioner Johnson to turn over the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after talking to Tchen, but that she did not have the authority to appoint her second-in-command to the prosecution in her stead, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Texts obtained by public records requests showed that Foxx herself called the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office’s excuse for withdrawing from the case “bulls--t,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Toomin gave the special prosecutor a broad mandate to investigate what had happened with the case from beginning to end and what all parties involved had done.

Smollett is due to appear in court on Webb’s charges on Feb. 24, WFLD reported.

It’s unclear what the actor has been charged with this second time around.

Comments (39)
BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

I'd love to see him getting more than a fine, but I don't have my hopes up.

No. 1-14
sturnman22
sturnman22

Jussie will probably be a hit with his prison inmates!

Viking24
Viking24

Why be one if you can’t act like one?
I’m sure Al Sharpton will be arm and arm with him. Truly disgusting!

Mike bass
Mike bass

Well... THAT'S WAY OVERDUE

Brechlintom2
Brechlintom2

This will not fair well with Foxx campaign.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Now they need to go after Foxx. She needs to be permanently removed from public office and jail time would be in order.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

#Justice4Jussie This is MAGA country. Here's the new indictment...

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

He paid them to beat him up with a CHECK ???? Good god, I guess he really is a special kind of stupid l

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Trump's America: a place so full of 'nazis' that a gay black man has to pay two Nigerians to beat his ass.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

America better wake up in November and either get rid of these elected idiots OR at the very least take power and control away from them (i.e. Republican House/Senate). It's the only way to stop them from wasting OUR MONEY!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Good. Now lets give him a full trial, where a jury of his peers can determine his guilt or innocence..... while the special prosecutor is handing out indictments, maybe he should look at indicting kim foxx for bribery and corruption?

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

this case should highlight the FACT that when you pis a cop off, they will retaliate with Malicious intent! so instead of getting over there little temper tantrum and sending him the bill, they want to get even and wast millions to get a few dollars back.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Jussie who? Never heard of HER!🤣

brennn
brennn

yeah, this will help his career all right. fore see right down the drain for him. even Obummer cant help him out of this one.


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