We’re a little over a year removed from former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lying to Chicago police that he was brutally beaten by two MAGA supporters while screaming racial epithets at him and putting a noose around his neck.
It looked like Smollett was going to be locked up behind bars for a long time after being charged with 16 felonies, but then the Cook County State Prosecutor, Kim Foxx, dropped all the charges against him and he was able to walk free.
But then the case was recently reopened against him by an appointed special prosecutor and Smollett just got a huge wakeup call from the Illinois Supreme Court.
The crux of the investigation against Jussie Smollett is that in late January 2019, Smollett claimed that two people beat him on the streets of downtown Chicago. After the Chicago Police Department conducted its investigation, Smollett was charged with 16 felonies.
Cook County State Prosecutor, Kim Foxx, dropped the charges to the dismay of the Chicago Police, President Trump’s supporters who were demonized as violent, racist and homophobic, and even some of the attorneys inside the prosecutor’s office.
But things took another sharp turn once discrepancies inside the State Attorney’s office became complicated over the case and Judge Steven G. Watkins ordered his files to be unsealed stating the “court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed.”
A sketchy police officer’s body camera video was released to the public showing Smollett in the kitchen of his apartment with the noose still hanging around his neck.
Why would you still have the noose around your neck? Wouldn’t removing it be the first thing you do? Are we supposed to believe that he just walked home to his apartment with it still dangling around his neck?
And then another Chicago judge, Michael Toomin, signed off on two search warrants ordering Google to turn over a year’s worth of data related to Smollett’s Gmail account as well as “any and all location data and information from the use of GoogleMapsTimeline.”
The new evidence resulted in six new charges, which he pleaded not guilty to last week.
And then in an emergency petition, his lawyers argued to the Cook County Circuit Judge Toomin overstepped his authority by appointing a special prosecutor to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Smollett’s attorneys pleaded with the Illinois Supreme Court to remove the special prosecutor from the case but they shot the arguments down.
The court did not explain its decision to reject Smollet’s lawyers’ arguments.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo, both of whom Smollett allegedly hired to “carry out the attack” are the state’s star witnesses. They both claim Smollett hired them for $3,500 to perpetuate this false narrative.
The brothers claimed that Smollett allegedly hired told TMZ they hope he will finally “build up the courage to finally tell the truth,” implying they’re sticking to their story that he hired them.
There is video that was released to the public of both brothers at a hardware store buying rope too.
One thing is for sure; Smollett will not get off so easily this time. The evidence against him is overwhelming.
And Kim Foxx can’t save him this time.