by Dr. Eowyn
Jussie Smollett, 36, a black “gay” actor best known for the Fox TV show Empire, claims to be a victim of a vicious racist-homophobic hate-crime.
He told Chicago police that on January 29, 2019, at around 1:30 a.m., he was accosted by two men in downtown Chicago who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him up, poured bleach on him, wrapped a noose around his neck, and warned him that “This is MAGA country!”– a reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
But Smollett’s story completely fell apart: Not only had he himself purchased the “lynching” rope wrapped around his neck, Smollett paid $3500 to two Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who are also black, to stage the fake racist-homophobic attack on him. (See my post “Fake Hate Crime: Hollyweirdo Jussie Smollett arrested“)
Chicago police arrested Smollett and a Grand Jury charged him with 16 felony counts for lying to police and staging a fake crime-crime. On March 26, 2019, however, the corrupt Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges, in exchange for community service and forfeiture of Smollett’s $10,000 bond. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins even sealed the case file.
After all charges against him were dropped, Smollett has the chutzpah to insist that he really is a victim of hate crime and that the manifestly fake “attack” really happened. (See my post “No justice: Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against fake hate-crime actor Jussie Smollett”)
But others in the Chicago justice system are fighting back.
(1) SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
Former Illinois appellate court judge Sheila O’Brien submitted a petition to Cook County Judge Michael Toomin, requesting a special prosecutor to examine Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case. Last Friday, June 21, Judge Toomin did just that by ordering a special prosecutor, which means Smollett could be criminally charged a second time. (The Federalist Papers)
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi made this statement on Twitter:
“We stand firmly behind the work of detectives in investigating the fabricated incident reported by Jussie Smollett & #ChicagoPolice will fully cooperate with the court appointed special prosecutor.”
(2) VIDEO OF SMOLLETT WITH FAKE NOOSE
Yesterday, in response to an open records request from the media, Chicago PD released a trove of investigative files and 70 hours of video related to Smollett’s fake hate-crime.
The videos include body-camera footage of police arriving at Smollett’s home on January 29, 2019, after the staged “attack,” and found the actor still with the prop “noose” around his neck. CBS Chicago reporter Megan Hickey tweeted a video of police asking Smollett to remove the prop “noose” — from which I had this GIF made.