United States actor pleads not guilty for attack hoax

27 Février, 2020, 10:12 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Jussie Smollett is facing six new charges against him connected to his alleged hate crime attack in January 2019

Nearly two weeks after being newly indicted on felony charges arising from the alleged fake hate crime attack of January 2019, Jussie Smollett was back in court today, in more ways than one.

"He's strong, he's resilient, he'll get through this, but he's frustrated", she added.

Weeks later, police alleged that Smollett had paid two black friends to help stage the attack because he was was unhappy with his salary as an actor on "Empire", a Fox series filmed in Chicago that follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.

Smollett told police that on January 29, 2019, he was attacked by two men while walking on a street near his Chicago apartment and that the men shouted racist and homophobic slurs before assaulting him and pouring a chemical substance on him.

Smollett, who is gay and African American, maintained his innocence in the face of a damning public account from authorities of their case against him.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Glandian said that motion stems from Smollett's forfeiture of a $10,000 bond previous year when Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office dropped an earlier set of charges against him.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the defense motion filed with Illinois' high court argues that the appointment of the special prosecutor was legally flawed.

Glandian also submitted a motion to the circuit court to dismiss the case based on a double-jeopardy challenge, claiming that Smollett had already been punished in the original case by forfeiting his original $10,000 bond.

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In June, Chicago police released video of Smollett with the rope around his neck and of supplies being purchased for the allegedly staged attack. An indictment accuses him of staging a hate crime against himself more than a year ago and then falsely reporting to police that the attack was real.

The brothers observed Monday's court proceedings and could be star witnesses for the state if Smollett's case makes it to trial.

"Dan K. Webb, special prosecutor for Cook County, today announced that the Office of the Special Prosecutor ("OSP") has now completed all of its investigative steps regarding Jussie Smollett, and has made the decision to further prosecute Mr. Smollett".

The Osundairo brothers attended the arraignment, and their lawyer also told CBS: "They are here because they want the truth to be told".

Their attorney, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, told reporters after the hearing that the brothers were there to "support the process".

"They have been truthful since day one and they will continue to be truthful", she said.

"This indictment raises serious questions about the integrity of the investigation that led to the renewed charges against Mr. Smollett, not the least of which is the use of the same CPD detectives who were part of the original investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett to conduct the current investigation, despite Mr. Smollett's pending civil claims against the City of Chicago and CPD officers for malicious prosecution".

Foxx's handling of the case, meanwhile, has become a key issue in her bid for reelection.

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