Jussie Smollet, if it’s not already too late, might want to try and patch things up with the city of Chicago and get to steppin’ the hell outta there … if he still he can.
We say that because Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had some not too encouraging words for Smollett if he had any thoughts of catching a break from the city.
“He needs to face the charges. He committed a crime and needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” is what the good mayor has in mind for him.
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“And we are going to continue to aggressively make him accountable for the wasted police resources that went into investigating what turned out to be a total hoax,” said Lightfoot, as reported by CBS 2 Chicago.
As has been well documented, in February 2019, Smollett was indicted for allegedly staging a hate crime in which he was apparently assaulted by two men who called him the N-word and a gay slur. It was also alleged that one of the attackers shouted “MAGA country!”
The charges were dropped on March 26 after Smollett forfeited 10% of his $100,000 bond and performed some community service.
However, a special prosecutor was assigned to review the case in August. In February of this year a Chicago grand jury indicted Smollett “on six counts of disorderly conduct related to making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers, claiming he was the victim of a hate crime while ‘knowing he was not the victim of a crime,’” special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement on Feb. 11, as reported by ABC News.
In court on Monday, Feb. 24, Smollett pleaded not guilty to the new charges.