Ladies and gentlemen, I am sorry to break this news to you, but conservative icon, and stable genius Jussie Smollett has been arrested for orchestrating a fake hate crime. I know, I am disappointed in Jussie, too.
Chicago police on Wednesday said they believe that “Empire” star Jussie Smollett made up claims that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack — and evidence against him was being presented to a grand jury.
UPDATE: The federal charges, claiming Smollett sent the first hoax letter, have also been approved.
“Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. “Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”
Under Illinois law, Smollett, 36, could face up to three years in prison if charged and convicted of the crime.
The announcement followed a stream of recent reports that increasingly cast doubt on Smollett’s story, including that two Nigerian brothers told investigators Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the Jan. 29 incident.
The Chicago P.D. deserves a lot of credit here. They didn’t roll over for some D-list Hollywood actor and simply take his word. They conducted a thorough investigation, and acted professionally.
As for Jussie Smollett, I believe the man has some serious personal and psychological issues. Normal, well-adjusted people do not invent crimes to grant themselves victim status. Smollett wasted countless man hours of the Chicago Police, their prosecutors, and the citizens in general. The man needs to see the inside of a prison.