Well, well, well. It looks like there just may be some justice in this world after all.
After a special prosecutor reviewed the case of Jussie Smollett and the hate crime he is accused of staging, a new indictment was issued and the Empire star is back in hot water, the Washington Examiner reports.
The fake attack
Back in January of 2019, Smollett allegedly orchestrated a fake attack against himself as a means to garner some publicity. Not only did he stage the attack, but said the “thugs” told him he was in “MAGA country” to create the narrative that the incident was racially motivated and committed by bigoted supporters of Donald Trump.
The entire hoax fell apart in a matter of days, though, as police quickly tracked down the attackers, two men with whom Smollett had worked on the TV series Empire.
The alleged assailants were both black men who were caught on video at a local store buying supplies for the staged event.
Police in Chicago wanted to throw the book at Smollett, but State Attorney Kim Foxx decided to kick the case and dropped all the charges against Smollett pursuant to an undisclosed agreement.
Smollett then tried to flip the script and sue the city, which turned out to be a massive misstep on his part.
Righting a wrong
After Foxx recused herself from the case, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin intervened and ordered a review by a special prosecutor.
That prosecutor, Dan Webb, saw things quite differently from the way Foxx did. Webb says the charges never should have been dropped and indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct.
This is far less than the 16 felony counts with which he was initially charged last year, but Webb may not yet be done with Smollett, or Foxx for that matter.
Smollett, of course, is claiming that these charges are purely political in nature, but it looks increasingly likely that Smollett broke the law.
If there is any justice, the system will make an example of Smollett, and he will be made to pay for the time and resources Chicago police wasted in investigating this case and will be held accountable for the egregious offense of falsely claiming to be the victim of a hate crime.