Jussie Smollett is facing new charges of lying to police about an alleged racist and anti-gang attack he is accused of staging on himself in Chicago, USA.
The actor claimed he was attacked due to his race and sexuality, when he was walking home in January of 2019 masked men approached him making racist and homophobic remarks before beating him and putting a noose around his neck. The men then flee the scene.
Smollett claimed that one of the attacks told him he was in a MAGA country, a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan – Make America Great Again.
Initially charged with disorderly conduct in February of 2019 for allegedly staging the attack and lying to investigators about the incident, however the charges were soon dropped just a month later with little explanation as to why.
Police claimed the actor played two of his friends to help him stage the attack because he was not content with his salary for playing his role as the gay character Jamal Lyon in the Fox show Empire, he is accused to have staged the attack to gain attention to promote his career.
US special prosecutor, Dan Webb was appointed to look into why the charges were dropped a few months after the fact, he says it’s in the American public’s best interests to prosecute Smollett saying it was “in the interest of justice” for a number of reasons – he cited Smollett’s allegedly false claims to police as well as the police resources used in the response and investigation into the alleged attack.
The actor who has not had any major roles in film or TV shows since he left Empire is due to appear in court on the 24th February 2020, it is not yet clear what penalties he could face if found guilty – police have sued Smollett to seek compensation of $130,000 to pay for the overtime of officers who were involved in investigating his allegations.
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