Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 6 charges for faked hate crime

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 12th, 2020 9:20 am

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on Tuesday on six counts of disorderly conduct for falsely reporting a hate crime, nearly a year after other charges were dropped.

The charges stem from four separate false police reports he gave reporting a hate crime, while "knowing that he was not the victim of a crime," according to special prosecutor Dan Webb.

Smollett claimed in January 2019 that he had been attacked by two men yelling a pro-Trump slogan, as well as racist and antigay slurs. He also said that the men hit him and put a rope around his neck. Investigators began to question the validity of his story after it was revealed that the actor knew the two men.

Smollett was originally charged on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, but those charges were dropped after he forfeited his bond and completed 16 hours of community service.

The actor's attorney said Tuesday's indictment was driven by politics.

"The charges were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence," said Tina Glandian, his attorney. "The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State's Attorney election is clearly all about politics not justice."