A Cook County grand jury handed down a new indictment of actor Jussie Smollett today after a six-month investigation by special prosecutor Dan Webb.
Smollett has been indicted on six new charges of disorderly conduct, accusing him of filing false police reports claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year.
Chicago’s CBS Local is reporting Webb’s office released a statement saying Smollett filed four separate false police reports claiming he was the victim of a hate crime:
“The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred.”
After Cook County prosecutors last year dropped 16 disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, Cool county Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb as special prosecutor in the Smollett case.
The Smollett Indictment:
Judge Toomin hired Webb to look into the Smollett case but also to look into wrongdoing by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
Webb is still investigating wrongdoing on the part of Kim Foxx but said today that his office “obtained sufficient factual evidence to determine that it disagrees with how the CCSAO resolved the Smollett case.” Of course, Foxx released a statement following today’s news blaming the “era of Donald Trump” for the indictments of Smollett:
“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Jussie Smollett with multiple counts, and today the Special Prosecutor did the same. 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.”