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Special prosecutor Dan Webb has indicted actor Jussie Smollett in connection with his hate hoax from last January and his many false statements to the police.
The city of Chicago initially dropped all of the charges after interference by the prosecutor who had recused herself.
The grand jury indicted Smollett with a six-count indictment, including four counts of lying to police.
He faces serious jail time.
MORE: From special prosecutor Dan Webb's office: “a Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging
Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers
related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime…”
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 11, 2020
Smollett was initially cleared of all charges.
It sparked disbelief from the mayor and the police department that suffered a huge cash loss stemming from the investigation into Smollett's false accusations.
Police said that Smollett had staged the hoax because he was unhappy with the amount of money he was being paid for his gig on Empire.
The show wrote him out of the remaining season and nixed his turn for the last year of the show.
ABC 7 reported:
“The Cook County Clerk’s Office confirmed Tuesday that special prosecutor Dan Webb has indicted former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett in connection with the alleged attack,” ABC 7 reported. “Smollett had been charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about the alleged attack, which police say Smollett staged on himself because he was unhappy with his ‘Empire’ salary.”
ABC 7 reporter Rob Elgas later added that Webb’s office said in a statement: “a Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime…”
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