Like a Dog With a Bone, Prosecutors Won’t Let Jussie Smollett Go: They Filed New Charges

In a case that seems to have dragged on forever, the City of Chicago just charged former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with six new counts of making false claims to the police that he had been the victim of a hate crime.

The indictment comes almost a year after the Cook County prosecutor dropped charges against Smollett after he forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed hours of community service. Chicago Police leaders were outraged. Smollett had wasted hundreds of man-hours on false claims and still refused to admit to his guilt when confronted with facts.

A Cook County judge appointed U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to review the case. A special prosecutor recommended the new charges.

Smollett maintains his innocence.

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