Ummmm, second time’s the charm? At least, that’s what Chicago PD is hoping. However, we’re pretty sure Jussie Smollett is calling BS on his second round of indictment.
It’s been over a year since Smollett claimed to be attacked by two white men on the streets of Chicago in a racist/homophobic assault at 2am. Days later, it was discovered that 2 black men — brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo — were eventually detained, and told police Jussie paid them to stage the whole attack. Smollett was initial indicted on 16 charges of reporting a false police report.
But, seemingly out of no where, the charges were dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx. As you can imagine, Chicago PD was P.O’d. and since then have been gunning to have the case reassessed by a special prosecutor. That special prosecutor, Dan Webb, has determined that Smollett still needs to face the music and has alleged that the former “Empire” star committed 6 felony counts involving lying to the cops. Special Prosecutor Webb says Jussie “planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Dept. officers.
Of course, Jussie is still denying any involvement in the attack and is also questioning the timing of this indictment since Foxx is up for election in just a few short weeks.
Additionally, TMZ reports, “The officers who re-investigated the case are the same ones who originally investigated it. These officers are currently being sued by Smollett. They have also spent taxpayer money on having these officers go to Los Angeles and harass members of Smollett’s team and friends.”