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Chicago Police: Felony charges approved “against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report”

Chicago Police: Felony charges approved “against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report”

“Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report. He is expected in court on Thursday at 1:30PM CT.

From CBS Chicago:

Disorderly conduct is a Class 4 Felony. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says Smollett could face probation to up to 1.5 years in prison.

He is expected in bond court tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

Smollett’s attorneys released the following statement following the charge:

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury, police say.

Previous Reporting

The Chicago Police Department has officially named Empire actor Jussie Smollett “as a suspect in a criminal investigation” in the city “for filing a false police report.”

Smollett said two white men attacked him in January. The men poured bleach on him, placed a noose around his neck, and screamed, “This is MAGA country!”

His story unraveled every day since then. Sources poured out information to local media that investigators believed Smollett paid brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo to attack him.

CBS Chicago obtained video of the brothers purchasing the items used in the alleged attack.

More from CBS Chicago:

The Osundairos were arrested last week, but later released without charges.

Sources have said the two brothers told police they helped stage the attack with Smollett. They said they were paid $3,500 to pour a chemical on the actor, and place a rope around his neck, while yelling racist and homophobic slurs.

The two brothers told police Smollett also was behind creating a racist letter sent to the show, according to two sources with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

When that letter did not get a “bigger reaction,” Smollett orchestrated the attack a week later with the two men, sources said.

The Chicago Tribune has more on that letter:

A week before he says he was attacked by two men yelling slurs, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett reported receiving a small white envelope addressed to him in a thick red scrawl at the Fox production studios on the West Side.

Smollett told police he and the show’s executive producer used gloves to open the envelope. Inside was a sheet of white paper with a threat in cut-out letters: “You will die black fag.” There was white powder in the envelope, but it was later determined to be crushed acetaminophen, a pain reliever found in Tylenol, police said.

Witnesses told police a postal worker dropped off the letter. It was postmarked in southwest suburban Bedford Park on Jan. 18, four days earlier, and bore two American flag stamps. The letters MAGA were written, also in red ink, in the upper-left corner of the envelope.

The FBI crime lab has possession of the letter for analysis.


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Apparently, Smollett wanted to direct and act in his own winterstock flagellation drama on the mean streets of Chicago. But, according the CPD, his stupid production is a crime.

All Rosanne Barr did was stupid tweet. I wonder if this Smollett guy will be demonized and kicked off his TV show?

    “”I wonder if this Smollett guy will be demonized and kicked off his TV show?””

    According to a radio report today, they say they’re not writing him out of the show.

      It was a rhetorical question, anyways. We all know why Barr was booted, yet Smollett will be ‘rehabilitated’ after sufficient non-apology apology tours on late night.

      CaptTee in reply to txvet2. | February 21, 2019 at 11:33 pm

      In addition to the state charges there appear to be Federal mail fraud charges in the works for a hoax letter he sent himself trying to get a pay raise about 2 weeks before the false police report.

      He has set himself up as the kind of person that prosecutors, state and Federal, like to make an example of.

      The writers can keep him in the script by making his character going away to jail part of the script.

WHat about the Federal Charges? What are the penalties for fake mail threats?

    I’ve heard he’s looking at some serious time for sending stuff through the federal mail (including white powder for a bio hoax). But, I don’t want to trust third party sources so let’s wait and see when the actual math emerges.

Voice_of_Reason | February 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

i hopet this lying sack of sheeeeit serves jsil time.

Very high-profile hoaxer. Give it to him good and hard. Played the race card, the homosexual card and the anti-Trump card. This after the fake mail card failed.

    n.n in reply to bear. | February 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Diversity, political congruence (“=”), acute Trump-phobia, under a thinly veiled appeal to social justice.

Time will tell if this is justice with integrity and without social corruption.

Is a false report/hoax class 4 felony typically presented to a grand jury, or is this case getting special treatment?

Damn, this is taking a long time. I wonder if they’re dragging their feet to give some high-level Chicago machine politico a chance to fix a coverup.

Meanwhile, all of the other pathetic grievance mongers that will stoop to this level take notes on what not to do.

I’ve gone through several sites and can’t believe the attitude of “yeah but…” from all of the people who were blatantly wrong about this. Basically, the rest of the grievance mafia are creating a black market for their cottage industry so that the only crisis they don’t invite is one that gets proven a hoax. Anyone smart enough to pull it off is a ok with that bunch.

Interesting how the national media has suddenly lost interest in this story. Local media is doing the bulk of the work.

regulus arcturus | February 20, 2019 at 8:40 pm

They just charged him with Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report

    In this case it is a felony. Considering all the planning, execution and potential racial fallout…. that is the LEAST they could do. I bet he doesn’t serve any time in the slammer. Being a felon may increase his street cred for “Empire”.

He should have pulled this stunt in LA or SF.

I think they’re doing this wrong. Negotiate a surrender? Old fashioned. Today you’re supposed to send a fully armed team to his apartment at 6 am. Doesn’t the Chicago PD have a swat team?

    murkyv in reply to AJR. | February 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Maybe he doesn’t own a dog for them to shoot. That takes all the fun out of it for some of them

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to AJR. | February 21, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Your very same opinion has been voiced on several other sites i have been to this morning. The level of vehemence varies, but it is there, right down to the dog-killing.

    This kid-glove stuff has nothing to do with Jussie being a Negro, a homosexual, or anti-Trump. This is Chicago we are talking about. When the gang of alleged clergy tells city hall to jump,they are asked how high and now often. Touch Jussie wrong, and Chicago will burn regardless of is being winter.

    Note to police: you have lost a lot of conservatives these last few years. Recent indidents have led to further defections. You may want to re-think your tactics. Just because Washington gave you all those new toys to play with because of the “war on terror”, doesn’t mean you have to use them.

Well ,Jussie should have realized anytime you give a Nigerian 3500 dollars ,it seldom ends well.

    What are you implying? Are you trying to say that the Nigerian prince will not reward me for the money I sent in response to his email?

      MajorWood in reply to AJR. | February 21, 2019 at 12:31 am

      I wonder which of his lawyers is actively working on that defense, back-dating fake emails telling Smollet that $20M is waiting to be split if he will will front them $3500 to buy some rope to climb a wall and some clorox to cover their tracks. /s

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Does the Jussie Smollett case really end with the Nigerians?
By Monica Showalter

The Jussie Smollett case is starting to get weird.

According to NBC5 in Chicago:

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the investigation into the alleged attack into “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Maybe that’s because she really does know the politically active, politically connected Smollett’s friends, for sure.

Smollett’s mom, Janet Smollett, is reportedly good friends with 1960s radical Angela Davis,

and Davis mentored the young Jussie throughout much of his life. Davis, a communist, is a political celebrity on the far left, with an image second only to that of Che Guevara. Academic honors are still being showered on her, and leftist luminaries always look to have their picture with hers. Rest assured, she’s connected with today’s Democrats as one of their radicals manqué. I can’t see her not being able to get a phone call through to some of them.

buckeyeminuteman | February 20, 2019 at 9:40 pm

I’m sure Rahm Emmanuel will see to it that charges are dropped. Move along, nothing to see here.

There is a reason why the nword never goes away.

The Friendly Grizzly | February 21, 2019 at 6:02 am

Two hundred hoiurs community service, two “don’t do this, kids” radio spots, and he’s good to go.

Jussie… QUICK!!! Flee to sub-Saharan Africa to a country with no criminal reciprocity with the USA!!! Flee and NEVER RETURN!!!

You will be safe there. Just never leave that country and you will be safe!!!

Is this apparent democrat hoax possibly linked in some way to the Gary Martin/Aurora, IL hate crime?

PersonofInterests | February 22, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Fast forward just two days and we have the Chicago PD Boss basically saying that if Jussie apologizes and pays the cost incurred to investigate his fraudulent hoax, Chicago will be satisfied. He may not be the final arbitrator on that, but it’s obviously a Trial Balloon because Scumbag Jussie being a rare Gay Black who was making $125,000/episode, just can’t be held responsible b/c he was ONLY trying to somehow engineer a pay raise.

And now, the ever faithful Socialst/Communist Media Complex is reporting that he had been buying drugs ergo, THE DRUGS MADE HIM DO IT AND SO, POOR GUY HAS ALREADY SUFFERED ENOUGH. BS!!!

Watch and you going to see that this scumbag Jussie who attempted to slander Whites and those who wear MAGA hats, WON’T GET THE JUSTICE HE RICHLY DESERVES OR THE KIND THAT WE WOULD GET IF WE ATTEMPTED THIS HOAX