Jussie Smollett Facing Criminal Charges for Allegedly Faking a Hate Crime
'Empire' actor originally claimed that two white Trump supporters attacked him in Chicago
Earlier this month, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was giving an interview on “Good Morning America” in which he described how two white Trump supporters physically attacked him. He went on to suggest that people who questioned his accusations were racists.
Fast forward to now — and Smollett is facing criminal charges for allegedly paying two men to help carry out what wound up being a hate crime hoax.
Robert Foley, a spokesperson for the Chicago state’s attorney’s office, said Smollett is being charged with disorderly conduct at the moment, a Class 4 felony.
He is expected to arrive in bond court on Thursday.
“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted on Wednesday.
The Chicago Police Department officially listed Smollett as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report earlier on Wednesday.
Detectives reportedly presented evidence to a grand jury on Wednesday to prove the actor filed a false report.
Smollett’s original story was that he was attacked in Chicago by two white men wearing Make America Great Again hats. Smollett said the men yelled homophobic and racist things at him.
He also said they screamed, “MAGA country.” Smollett said the men put a noose around his neck and assaulted him.
Police began investigating what they thought was a hate crime — but Smollett’s story continually changed. The police were eventually led to two Nigerian brothers whom Smollett allegedly hired to carry out the “attack.”
Numerous celebrities and political figures threw their immediate support behind Smollett when he first came out with his story.
Folks are still anxiously awaiting their apologies …
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