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Jussie Smollett Was Just Indicted for the Hate Crime He Allegedly Faked

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday by a special prosecutor in Chicago for allegedly staging a brutal hate crime on himself last year, according to local media reports. Smollett, 37, who is black and gay, alleged he was attacked on a Chicago street in the early hours of Jan. 29, 2019, by two masked men…

Jussie Smollett Was Just Indicted for the Hate Crime He Allegedly Faked
Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday by a special prosecutor in Chicago for allegedly staging a brutal hate crime on himself last year, according to local media reports.

Smollett, 37, who is black and gay, alleged he was attacked on a Chicago street in the early hours of Jan. 29, 2019, by two masked men in MAGA hats who used racist and homophobic slurs, beat him up, splashed bleach on him, and placed a noose around his neck.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb was appointed by a Cook County judge last June to look into allegations that Smollett had fabricated the report after the State’s Attorney’s Office abruptly dropped all charges against him months earlier. He was initially facing 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct. Now he’s facing six counts of disorderly conduct, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and is set to be arraigned on Feb. 24.

READ: Jussie Smollett Paid 2 Guys $3,500 to Fake a Hate Crime, Police Say

Smollett’s tale thrust him into the national spotlight, initially prompting an outpouring of sympathy from celebrities and politicians who saw him as the latest victim of rising hate crimes in the U.S.

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