If you thought the Jussie Smollett drama was a factor of the previous, by no means to be spoken about once more, you had been horribly mistaken. Smollet has now been indicted on six fees regarding his alleged assault final 12 months.
In February of final 12 months, Smollett was indicted on 16 counts for submitting a false police assertion. The fees had been ultimately all dropped. But now, these new fees imply that Smollett may very well be going through jail time as soon as once more.
What occurred to Jussie Smollett?
On Jan. 29 of 2019, Smollett claimed that he was attacked within the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago by two masked males who beat him up whereas shouting homophobic slurs. He additionally claimed that the 2 poured an unknown substance on him and tied a rope round his neck.
Celebrities all over the world rallied round Smollett when the incident was first publicized.
“In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack,” his household stated in a press release launched to People on the time.
“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice,” the assertion reads. “Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed.”
Jussie’s authentic fees
When the Chicago police started investigating the occasion, a number of inconsistencies began to pop up. Eventually, Smollett was charged with staging the assault.
He has continued to disclaim the allegations in opposition to him.
“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know?” he stated on Good Morning America. “And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing. I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—-, they called me a n—-. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”
New fees in opposition to Jussie Smollett
U.S. Attorney Dan Okay. Webb reviewed the unique investigation and determined to reopen the case.
“As the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office does in all cases, the Special Prosecutor reviewed the facts, evidence, and the law, and determined charges were appropriate in this matter,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office stated to HollywoodLife in a press release. “We are unable to comment further as the matter is pending.”
Webb claimed to file the fees within the “interest of justice.”
“Several factors went into this determination, including the extensive nature of Mr. Smollett’s false police reports, and the resources expended by the Chicago Police Department to investigate these false reports,” Webb stated in a press release to Variety.
Smollett is because of seem in court docket on Feb. 24.