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Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett is due in court for arraignment on felony charges

reuters: Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was due in court on Monday for arraignment on renewed felony charges that he made false reports to Chicago police about being attacked in a hate crime he is accused of staging in a bid to advance his career.

Smollett was indicted on Feb. 11 on six counts of disorderly conduct, capping a five-month investigation by a court-appointed special prosecutor who overruled a decision by the state’s attorney’s office last year to dismiss the original case. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.

The 37-year-old actor, who is black and openly gay, has insisted he told the truth in his account of being accosted on a darkened street in January 2019 by two masked strangers.

According to Smollett, his two assailants threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressions of support for President Donald Trump.

Police arrested Smollett a month later, accusing the actor of paying two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack in a hoax aimed at gaining public sympathy and raising his show-business profile.

He was subsequently charged in a 16-count indictment, but the Cook County state’s attorney’s office dropped the charges three weeks later in exchange for Smollett forfeiting his bail without admitting wrongdoing.

The dismissal drew an outcry from then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s police superintendent, who branded the reversal a miscarriage of justice, leading a Cook County judge to appoint former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to review the case.

Webb said he determined that further prosecution of Smollett was warranted, calling into question prosecutors’ judgment in dropping the original case but finding no wrongdoing on their part. Webb said he was continuing his investigation, however, of whether authorities acted improperly in last year’s dismissal.

Smollett’s lawyer, Tina Glandian, has said authorities made the right decision in dropping the charges in the first place, and suggested the special prosecutor’s probe was biased in its use of the same police detectives involved in the original case.

Smollett, who has lost his role as a singer-songwriter in “Empire,” a Fox television hip-hop drama, sued the city of Chicago in November, accusing municipal officials of maliciously prosecuting him.

The city sued Smollett last April seeking to recover the costs incurred in investigating his hate-crime report.

Source: Published by reuters

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Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
4 months ago

Damn this people should be careful of what they do in public,they are suppose to set good examples.

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
4 months ago

Eyaaa. Actor jussie should be careful of what they do in public

stanley
stanley
4 months ago

it is really not easy to manage fame

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
4 months ago

I even thought this case was over since last year

Ojeah John Ekene
Ojeah John Ekene
4 months ago

Although I like his role has Jamal in empire, he shouldn’t have done something like this. Now he has lost him role in the movie.

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
4 months ago

It is not easy

Sunday Bose
Sunday Bose
3 months ago

So unfortunate, this people don’t remember that they are role model. Even in public?

Zainab kolawole
Zainab kolawole
3 months ago

Ehyaah I love his role as jamal in empire

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
3 months ago

Wow. Smollet is a gay for real ? I thought it was just a role in “empire” movie. Anyways, be careful bro ,many people looks up to you. And also the so call police should be careful in thier doings too

Khalipha Hassan
Khalipha Hassan
3 months ago

This is not easy ooo, I don’t know what do people gain accusing each other

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
3 months ago

Role modes should know that they ought to live by examples mostly in the public

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
3 months ago

This a very serious issue

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
3 months ago

This isn’t a good example at all.

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
3 months ago

Good examples are to be set by these people.

Ephraim Boyingu
Ephraim Boyingu
3 months ago

Well such things must happen to somebody in life and being black.

Stephen Agbaje
Stephen Agbaje
3 months ago

Our celebrities are no more lay good examples for upcoming ones.

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
3 months ago

It is almost like a Nigerian court case

May
May
3 months ago

It’s just so sad

Catherine Ochigbo
Catherine Ochigbo
3 months ago

Wow it’s good that they dropped the charges.

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
2 months ago

This should be over already, I love Jamal but a gay is a no no for me. The coolest of Lucious Lyon boiz

Abidoye yemisi
Abidoye yemisi
2 months ago

His not a good example at all,many up coming is looking up to him

Alvin
Alvin
2 months ago

Fame and its problem

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
2 months ago

Beautiful update

Owojuyigbe Folakemi
Owojuyigbe Folakemi
2 months ago

Shouldn’t have done such in public. I love his skills anywagi

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
2 months ago

May God help him.

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
2 months ago

They should be careful

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
2 months ago

justice should prevail

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
2 months ago

He will have to answer to his crime

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
2 months ago

Nice one

Waapera Abigail
Waapera Abigail
2 months ago

This just doesn’t make sense at all

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
2 months ago

Justice must take must prevail

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
2 months ago

Justice must prevail

Friday Barinua Michael
Friday Barinua Michael
2 months ago

Okay nice

Glory Ayi
Glory Ayi
2 months ago

Being famous isn’t easy

Glory Ayi
Glory Ayi
2 months ago

Bi

Mariam Lawal
Mariam Lawal
2 months ago

it isn’t an easy one

Onyeke chioma lynda
Onyeke chioma lynda
2 months ago

Eeyaa….It is not easy

Fidel chy
Fidel chy
2 months ago

This is horrible

Afolami mercy Titilola
Afolami mercy Titilola
2 months ago

Phelony is bad

Afolami mercy Titilola
Afolami mercy Titilola
1 month ago

That’s so serious

Okoroiwu Chinenye Linda
Okoroiwu Chinenye Linda
1 month ago

Felony? WOW