Jussie Smollett has nobody to blame but himself.
The former “Empire” actor made headlines last year when he accused two MAGA hat-wearing men of beating him up on the streets of downtown Chicago, which we later learned was a lie.
And while it seems like court proceedings tend to favor the disgraced actor, this huge case that Jussie Smollett filed was just thrown out by a federal judge.
Just as a refresher: it all began in January 2019 when actor Jussie Smollett called 911 in the early hours of a cold morning to claim two President Trump supporters jumped him on the streets of Downtown Chicago and choked him with a noose. Are we really supposed to believe that these man carried with them a piece of rope on the off chance they would run into Jussie Smollett?
February 15th – Trajectory of the case shifts. Chicago Police have two Nigerian brothers in custody, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo – both of which worked on Smollett’s show “Empire” (we would find out later Smollett wrote them a check for $3,500).
In March, Smollett pleads not guilty, but before trial would be underway in April, Cook County State Prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all the charges against Smollett if he forfeits over the $10,000 bail and does 200 hours of community service with little explanation as to why Foxx made this decision.
While everything seemed like water under the bridge at first, the Cook County Prosecutor’s office faced immense backlash from Foxx’s bogus decision to drop the charges, forcing a judge to appoint a special prosecutor and ordered Google to turn over any data in Smollett’s phone.
It didn’t take long for the special prosecutor to formally charge Smollett again and consequently resulted in a six-count indictment accusing the former actor of lying to Chicago Police during the investigation.
Smollett retaliated by suing for malicious prosecution against the city of Chicago and several police officers.
But last week, a federal judge dismissed Smollett’s suit against the city.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall concluded Thursday that his claim to having been the victim of a hate crime was unsubstantiated, writing that Smollett “cannot bring a state malicious claim until proceedings against him have been terminated.”
According to Judge Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Police Department’s motive was to bring Smollett to justice “for a crime it had probable cause to think he committed.”
Smollett’s reasoning for suing the city and police officers was apparently causing him “substantial economic damages as well as reputational harm, humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress.”
Didn’t he do that to himself? It’s a pretty audacious claim to accuse the city of these “damages” when they were actually self-inflicted, right?
Even the Nigerian brothers, of whom both worked with Smollett on “Empire,” were not only allegedly paid $3,500 to carry out this fairytale attack, but they were also caught on camera buying rope at a hardware store in Chicago.
The two brothers have all but admitted publicly that Smollett paid them.
Meanwhile, the city is actually suing Smollett too for the eye-popping amount of $130,106 – what they concluded was the total cost endured by the Chicago Police department during the investigation.
It’s really starting to feel like Smollett will reap what he sows in the near future when it seemed like he initially wouldn’t. We may see him behind bars and in an orange jumpsuit after all.