"... further prosecution of Jussie Smollett is in the interest of justice."
Chicago Special Prosecutor announces a second round of charges against actor Jusie Smollett related to his alleged fake 2019 attack.
- On Tuesday, over a year after Smollett first alleged he was the victim of a homophobic and racist, violent attack in Chicago, he was charged once again with filing false police reports related to the incident.
- Jan 2019: Smollett told Chicago police he was attacked by two men who put a noose around his neck, beat and threw bleach on him, all while yelling racial & anti-gay slurs.
- Feb 2019: Days after police release two suspects (brothers originally from Nigeria held for two days without charges), they arrest Smollett for allegedly faking his own attack. He was charged with a felony for filing a false police report. Prosecutors said Smollett orchestrated the entire attack – hiring the two brothers to attack him and paying them $3.5k.
- March 2019: Less than three weeks after a grand jury returns a 16-count felony indictment against Smollett, prosecutors suddenly dropped all charges. No other charges were announced and the case was sealed.
- April 2019: Chicago police sue Smollett for $130,000 for police resources spent on his case.
- August 2019: A local judge appointed special prosecutor in the case due to suspicions that the case was mishandled by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
- November 2019: Smollett sues Chicago for malicious prosecution.
- Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who is running for re-election in the Democratic primary next month, responded to news of the charges, stating: “What’s questionable here is the James Comey-like timing of that charging decision, just 35 days before an election, which can only be interpreted as the further politicization of the justice system, something voters in the era of Donald Trump should consider offensive.”
- Read Special Prosecutor’s Full Statement on Indictment of Jussie Smollett
- Actor Jussie Smollett faces new disorderly conduct charges in alleged fake attack