A grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing actor Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police, again a special prosecutor announced for the city announced that yesterday.
Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, charging the actor with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers “related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime, the prosecutor said.
The charges stem from Smollett’s assertion that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in January 2019.
Webb’s statement said he has concluded that further prosecution of Smollett is “in the interest of justice,” noting the State’s Attorney’s office found at the time of the indictment that the evidence against Smollett was “strong,” and that the office hasn’t identified any new evidence that would have changed their view.
Smollett originally was indicted on 16 felony counts of filing a false police report, but prosecutors in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office abruptly dropped the charges, angering police and City Hall officials and leading to the appointment of the special prosecutor to investigate.