Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, you probably remember the whole Jussie Smollett hate hoax incident. Now, he is about to pay the piper. An indictment has been handed down. He will be facing another six charges. A special prosecutor from the city of Chicago is seeking a conviction on various charges of disorderly conduct.
It has been over a year since Smollett first decided to falsely accuse Trump supporters of attacking him. The man’s claims were a bit dubious at the time but anyone who said otherwise was called homophobic. What kind of attackers would throw bleach on someone and bring a noose?
That seems like a bit much. In fact, it seems like something out one of the television shows that Smollett acted on. As it turns out, the claims were 100 percent false. He had paid two brothers over $3,000 to help him orchestrate the attack. When the surveillance video started to surface of the Osundairo brothers purchasing all of the equipment used in the hoax, things started to look bad for Smollett.
The felony counts that were filed against him last year have already been dropped, sparking a great deal of outrage. Why should a liar go unpunished for trying to play on everyone’s sense of decency like this? Once the charges were dropped, the special prosecutor was appointed to the case.
At long last, Smollett may finally have to face the music for what he has done. Dan Webb is the special prosecutor that is responsible for the filing of the new charges and not a moment too soon. Smollett is slated to appear in court later this month and those who are looking for justice to be served will be watching with great interest.
Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday in Chicago by special prosecutor Dan Webb, stemming from the alleged racist and anti-gay attack on him that occurred in January of 2019, a source confirms to FOX 32 News.
He is due in court February 24.
Can you believe that this is not the only lie that Smollett was willing to tell? He also fibbed to the FBI about a suspicious package that he received in the mail. According to Jussie, he was the target of an envelope that contained a white powder. It is bad enough that he is claiming to be the target of homophobic street harassers without upping the ante even further.
What are the chances that someone would want to send anthrax to a television star just because they are gay? We are not here to minimize the very real homophobia that is taking place on an everyday basis. However, there is a little something called common sense and we are not afraid to use it.
We just have one question that needs to be answered. Why did it take this long for a special prosecutor to get involved? It was obvious to everyone from the very beginning that this man was a liar that was only trying to better his own situation. The part that is super confusing to us is his motivations.
Supposedly, the attack was staged as a means of assisting him during his contract negotiations with the Fox network. He wanted more compensation for his Empire role and thought he could use this attack to generate sympathy. Maybe he should have thought twice about this idea.
Why would the Fox network be motivated to offer him extra money because he was attacked? Even if the attack was legitimate, we highly doubt that the network would have cared enough to provide him with a higher salary. That’s what makes this story such a perplexing one.
Not only does the story not make any sense but his motivations are nonsensical, too. In a world where minority groups are constantly struggling to be taken seriously, Smollett’s actions have done a great deal of harm. What happens the next time a true hate crime takes place? Law enforcement will be forced to consider the ins and outs of this silly case.
The knee jerk reaction from the general public is also going to be telling. There is no reason for them to believe the next high profile accuser and while that should not be the case, life simply isn’t fair. It is hard to win in the court of public opinion when you are constantly being subjected to the liars of the world.
Hate hoaxes like these need to be punished, so that the real victims’ stories can be heard. Anyone who disagrees with that is being very short sighted. We just hope that the Smollett case serves as a major deterrent for anyone who is thinking about emulating his actions in the future. This certainly didn’t turn out how he wanted it to, now did it?