Jussie Smollett is a name that will long live infamy in the annals of Hollywood, and perhaps even longer in the minds of angry Chicagoans.
Smollett, an actor on the now-cancelled television program Empire, wanted a pay raise. Instead of going through the normal channels of increasing your value, (hard work, networking, etc), Smollett decided that he wanted to be the victim of a hate crime...
Hard stop there. Smollett wanted to be the victim of a hate crime. That alone is bewildering and disturbing enough on its own.
The other half of that sentence makes it even worse: Smollett decided that he wanted to be a victim of a hate crime because he wanted to parlay the sympathy into a bigger paycheck. This, the whole picture as alleged by Chicago police who investigated the case, is enough to make your blood boil.
So Smollett hired two extras from on-set to "attack" him, drawing headlines. Chicago PD sniffed out the hoax quickly, shaming Smollett publicly for his waste of time and money.
Then, as if this tangled web of utter imbecility and offensiveness couldn't turn any more vile, Smollett gets let off the hook by a shady prosecutor with no real basis to do so.
Chicagoans were, and are still, furious about the decision...but justice could be coming.
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the controversial Jussie Smollettalleged hate crime case -- including the contentious decision to suddenly drop all charges against him -- will be examined by a special prosecutor, an Illinois judge ruled Friday afternoon.
The decision by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin comes after a deluge of criticism and second-guessing regarding Foxx's management of the case, in which Smollett claimed he was attacked in the early morning hours of Jan. 29 while walking home to his Chicago apartment.
Toomin, according to the Chicago Tribune, said the special prosecutor could re-charge Smollett.
That decision would go a long way toward restoring faith in the Windy City's justice system.
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