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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
2 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
1 month ago

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

stanley
stanley
1 month ago

it is really not easy to manage fame

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

I even thought this case was over since last year

Ojeah John Ekene
Ojeah John Ekene
1 month 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
1 month ago

It is not easy

Sunday Bose
Sunday Bose
1 month ago

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

Zainab kolawole
Zainab kolawole
1 month ago

Ehyaah I love his role as jamal in empire

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
28 days 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
25 days ago

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

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
25 days ago

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

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
24 days ago

This a very serious issue

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
20 days ago

This isn’t a good example at all.

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
20 days ago

Good examples are to be set by these people.

Ephraim Boyingu
Ephraim Boyingu
19 days ago

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

Stephen Agbaje
Stephen Agbaje
17 days ago

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

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
17 days ago

It is almost like a Nigerian court case

May
May
16 days ago

It’s just so sad

Catherine Ochigbo
Catherine Ochigbo
16 days ago

Wow it’s good that they dropped the charges.

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
15 days 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
15 days ago

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

Alvin
Alvin
14 days ago

Fame and its problem

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
13 days ago

Beautiful update

Owojuyigbe Folakemi
Owojuyigbe Folakemi
10 days ago

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

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
10 days ago

May God help him.

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
10 days ago

They should be careful

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
1 day ago

justice should prevail

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
13 hours ago

He will have to answer to his crime