90 Miles From Tyranny : Jussie Smollet Facing New Charges In Chicago Hate Crime Hoax

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Jussie Smollet Facing New Charges In Chicago Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett And The Two White MAGA-Hat-Wearing, Racists That Attacked Him.

Actor Jussie Smollett is once again facing charges in Chicago in connection with a January 2019 police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime.

Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on six disorderly conduct charges Tuesday, according to the office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb. The 37-year-old actor is already facing a $130,000 lawsuit by the city of Chicago, the cost of the resources police and prosecutors claim it took to investigate Smollett's false charge.

"A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime," the office said in a statement Tuesday.

The former "Empire" star told police in January 2019 that he was attacked by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and wrapped a rope around his neck at about 2 a.m. in the upscale neighborhood of Streeterville.

Chicago police initially said they were looking into the attack as an alleged hate crime, but were unable to find any video evidence of the incident. After police interviewed two persons of interest in the case, Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, authorities shifted the investigation into whether the actor paid the brothers to stage an assault.

In February of last year, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for the allegedly false report he made with...

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