What Was Jussie Smollett Just Indicted For?
If you thought the Jussie Smollett drama was a thing of the past, never to be spoken about again, you were horribly mistaken. Smollet has now been indicted on six charges relating to his alleged attack last year.
In February of last year, Smollett was indicted on 16 counts for filing a false police statement. The charges were eventually all dropped. But now, these new charges mean that Smollett could be facing jail time once again.
What happened to Jussie Smollett?
On Jan. 29 of 2019, Smollett claimed that he was attacked in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago by two masked men who beat him up while shouting homophobic slurs. He also claimed that the two poured an unknown substance on him and tied a rope around his neck.
Celebrities around the world rallied around Smollett when the incident was first publicized.
“In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack,” his family said in a statement released to People at the time.
“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice,” the statement reads. “Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed.”
Jussie’s original charges
When the Chicago police began investigating the event, several inconsistencies started to pop up. Eventually, Smollett was charged with staging the attack.
He has continued to deny the allegations against him.
“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know?” he said on Good Morning America. “And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing. I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—-, they called me a n—-. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”
New charges against Jussie Smollett
U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb reviewed the original investigation and decided to reopen the case.
“As the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office does in all cases, the Special Prosecutor reviewed the facts, evidence, and the law, and determined charges were appropriate in this matter,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said to HollywoodLife in a statement. “We are unable to comment further as the matter is pending.”
Webb claimed to file the charges in the “interest of justice.”
“Several factors went into this determination, including the extensive nature of Mr. Smollett’s false police reports, and the resources expended by the Chicago Police Department to investigate these false reports,” Webb said in a statement to Variety.
Smollett is due to appear in court on Feb. 24.