CHICAGO, IL – In 2019, the world stood still for a few days, seemingly, when actor Jussie Smollett alleged he had been attacked, beaten, and left with a noose on his neck for being black and gay by supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump.
We all later learned that the event was allegedly a hoax. Smollett is now standing trial for several felonies regarding the incident.
Smollett entered a courtroom for the first time as a defendant during the last week of November to stand trial for allegedly making up the scheme.
Smollett is facing six counts of disorderly conduct for what the former “Empire” actor said occurred to him in 2019.
It's strange, I don't recall Lebron James ever calling out Jussie Smollett for his fake hate crime and fake tears..
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) November 13, 2021
Initially, Smollett was formally charged in February of 2019 for these same allegations and even formerly indicted for sixteen counts of lying and orchestrating the entire incident.
However, Chicago District Attorney Kimberly Foxx decided that it was not in the state’s best interest to continue with prosecution, and instead, ordered Smollett to provide community service for his alleged actions.
Fast forward now to 2021, after the conclusion of a criminal investigation by a special prosecutor determined there was sufficient probable cause to criminally charge Smollett for lying to police, he is now sitting in a courtroom hearing testimony about how he allegedly made up these heinous crimes.
If he is found guilty, Smollett could face up to three years in prison for each of the now six felony charges he faces.
The jurors are hearing details about how prosecutors allege Smollett came up with the fake attack because he wanted a pay raise from the company that was producing “Empire.”
They will also hear from the two former extras from the show who claim that Smollett paid them several thousand dollars to stage the attack so that portions of it were captured on camera.
Fox News spoke to Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, who commented that the case against Smollett is a very strong one and he expects a guilty verdict. He said:
“The prosecution is strong because of corroborating, independent evidence that is consistent with Smollett making a false police report. What type of explanation can Smollett’s attorney have to justify him contacting the brothers?”
Jussie Smollett's criminal trial for staging a hoax hate crime against himself and filing false police reports begins tomorrow, and I am reminded of this incredible tweet. pic.twitter.com/C6byt5Gs4O
— Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) November 28, 2021
The brothers that Rahmani is referring to are the former extras from the “Empire” show that allege they were paid by Smollett to stage the attack.
Both brothers are cooperating witnesses against Smollett and are expected to testify against him.
Fox News also spoke to Silva Megerditchian, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, who stated she did not expect Smollett to spend any time behind bars if he is convicted. Most likely not because he is rich and was famous at one point, but:
“Smollett is facing 6 counts of essentially minor class 4 felonies that carry a maximum sentence of three years in State prison. If the jury finds him guilty of any of the charges, it is unlikely Smollett will serve any prison time…
Don't forget what Jussie Smollett did.
He faked a hate crime.
Politicians backed him.
He wrote a check to cover his crimes.
He mailed evidence (federal crime)
He cost Chicago at least 130 grand.
He wanted a race war.
Don't let him off.
— Mike (@fuctmind) November 30, 2021
“The judge will consider that Smollett has no history of any arrests nor convictions-and thus will likely give him a probationary sentence.
Keep that in mind, however, this was a case that got national attention, and stirred a lot of anger that Smollett would stage this kind of grotesque racial attack.
As well, the City of Chicago spent a lot of money investigating these false charges. Thus, I would not be surprised if the Judge imposes some kind of sentence, considering the nation is watching.”
Most cases involving false crimes being reported to police typically do not see a courtroom. This is usually because the defendant in these cases, seeing how the case is stacked against them, wisely takes whatever plea deal might be offered or just plead guilty to get the embarrassment over quickly.
However, that is not the case with Smollett who has previously stuck to his original story of him being attacked.
Two former attorneys for Smollett, Todd Pugh, and Victor Henderson, had this to say while they were representing him:
“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.
He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
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COOK COUNTY, IL – Despite his best attempts to not have to answer – in a legal sense – for the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax, actor Jussie Smollett will have to stand trial for the purported ruse after a Cook County judge denied his request to have the case dismissed.
At this point, most everyone is familiar to some degree with the Jussie Smollett controversy, where the actor most known for his former role in “Empire” allegedly perpetrated a hoax claiming to have been the target of a racist attack by men yelling “MAGA country” in downtown Chicago in January of 2019.
Smollett at the time told police he was attacked by two men while he was outside walking to get some food from Subway at 2:00 a.m. when two men uttered racial and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck while pouring some sort of unknown substance on him.
Of course, Smollett’s claims fell apart in under a month’s time after he filed the report with Chicago Police, with authorities having shifted the investigation toward Smollett following the arrest and interviewing of two Nigerian brothers.
By February 20th of 2019, Smollett was considered a suspect in filing a false police report – as he allegedly manufactured the entire attack against him.
In March of 2019, a Cook County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment against Smollett – yet, weeks later within the same month, prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges against Smollett. There was some sort of a deal struck up where the city would keep his $10,000 bail money and he’d perform some level of community service.
This bizarre deal reasonably caught some eyes that wanted to know why the Chicago state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the case against Smollett, eventually leading to a judge appointing a special prosecutor in August of 2019 to look into the aforementioned.
By February of 2020, Smollett was hit with a six-count indictment for allegedly lying to police and staging the purported hate crime he claimed to be a victim of.
Since that new indictment, Smollett has been working to get the case swept under the rug, going so far as to assert that since he agreed to allow the city to keep his bail money and perform some community service – then his case should be ripe for dismissal.
The last ditch effort simply didn’t work, with Judge James Linn rebuffing Smollett’s attorney’s claim that “a deal is a deal” on October 15th. Instead, the judge said that jury selection would begin in Smollett’s trial on November 29th.
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