Justice (Finally) Comes for Lying Liar Jussie Smollett
Cook County Special Prosecutor Dan Webb announced Tuesday that lying hoaxster Jussie Smollett will be charged with six counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the fraud he perpetrated on the city of Chicago last February.
Webb, who was appointed to the case after the Cook County DA mysteriously dropped all charges against the actor last year, said that the charges are an appropriate response to the four false reports Smollett filed with the Chicago PD while “knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.”
Smollett, Webb said, “planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred.”
The charges mean that Smollett will finally face the consequences of his reckless 2019 actions, a measure of justice that is long overdue by any estimate. But what’s equally important is that we find out why the charges against Smollett were dropped in the first place.
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx supposedly recused herself from the case last year, but she continued to weigh in on the prosecution in the subsequent weeks. When the charges against Smollett were dropped, Foxx’s office insisted that the decision was in line with previous cases similar to this one.
In his statement, however, Webb said there was no evidence backing that claim.
Fox, he said, “has been unable to provide the [special prosecutor] with documentary evidence that shows that, in dismissing the Smollett case on the terms presented in court on March 26, 2019, the [state attorney] relied on other dispositions of similar cases prior to the Smollett case that would justify this disposition.
“This issue was important to the [special prosecutor] because on the day the Smollett case was resolved in court, March 26, 2019, the state attorney issued a written press release in which it told the public that the Smollett case was being resolved under the same criteria that would be available for any defendant with similar circumstances,” Webb continued.
The black, gay Smollett claimed last year that he was walking home from a Chicago sandwich shop at 2:00 in the morning when he was attacked by two masked men who berated him with racial and homophobic insults after recognizing him from his starring role on the Fox hit “Empire.” Smollett insisted that the two men wrapped a noose around his neck and warned him that he was walking through “MAGA country.”
It was later determined that the “attack” had been staged with the assistance of a pair of brothers who worked as extras on “Empire” with Smollett.
In addition to the new criminal charges, Smollett is facing a nearly-$500 million lawsuit from the city of Chicago.