Jussie Smollett’s Verdict

Matthew Turn, Reporter

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On January 29th Chicago Police received a report from actor Jussie Smollet, who is from African American Heritage and is openly gay, reported after getting a sandwich from a Subway was beaten up by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs and then put a noose around his neck.

Upon hearing about the attack, social media exploded with support for Jussie wishing him goodwill and for him to get better. When police looked at video recordings they were surprised to see that they could not see the attack, only the presumed assailants walking around the corner 15  to 30 minutes before the alleged attack. This started to make people doubt that the attack happened. Still, there were many who came to Smollett’s defense saying that attack did happen then everything he is said is 100% true.

Smollett’s story became widely publicized he got interviewed on “Good Morning America”  where he stated that everything he said has been 100% true and that the fight was not a hoax. Not long after the interview, the Chicago police department posted a statement saying they are interviewing two people of interest.

The next day the two suspects were let go with no charges. After this, an investigation was started on Smollett as by the investigation of the two suspects they were given clues that Smollett had paid them to do a hate crime against him.

With some discoveries and a little more digging Jussie was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report along with some other charges. On February 21 Jussie was arrested and his mugshot taken.

After going through trial Jussie was to post 10,000 dollars and his passport for bond, which he promptly did. Later that day as he arrived on the set for ‘Empire’ there was a statement sent out that Jussie’s character would not be appearing in the final episodes of season five.

When it was stated that he would have to do some were not pleased with him for having 16 charges only had to pay a fine and his passport, for creating an entire scene to get a promotion. Knowing this Cook County State’s Attorney Foxx told a reporter,

“There are some people who were never going to be satisfied unless Mr. Smollett spent many nights in prison. Right now there’s a lot of emotion, and I wholeheartedly believe in our line of work we cannot be driven by emotion. We have to be driven by facts.”

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