‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett was indicted by an Illinois special prosecutor this week on six counts related to his alleged hate crime hoax; claiming he gave four separate and false reports to police in January 2019.
“Smollett is due in court February 24 at the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California. Webb said in a statement that Smollett faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct, charges that stem from four separate false reports that he gave to police in which he contended he was a victim of a hate crime ‘knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,’” reports Fox Chicago.
“The statement immediately raised questions about county prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges last year and made it clear that those prosecutors had not adequately explained to special prosecutors why they did so,” adds the website.
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Original Story: August 23, 2019
A Chicago judge officially named a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the city’s handling of charges related to ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax.
AP — Chicago judge names special prosecutor to investigate the dropping of charges against actor Jussie Smollett.
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“A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor who will investigate how local officials handled the case against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of paying two acquaintances to attack him, making the assault look like a racist and homophobic hate crime,” reports the New York Times.
“The new special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, is a former United States attorney and a high-profile Chicago lawyer who worked as a special counsel in the Iran-contra affair. The appointment came two months after Judge Michael P. Toomin of Cook County ordered that a lawyer be named to take another look at the case. The judge was charged with finding someone to assess whether there was any misconduct in the way the case was managed and whether there is justification for renewing the prosecution of Mr. Smollett, whose felony charges were dropped in March,” adds the newspaper