Last year, actor Jussie Smollett was in the news for being a victim of a homophobic and racial hate crime in which he was attacked by two white men, wearing MAGA hats, as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant at approximately 2 a.m.
Through the investigation, however, it was determined that the whole incident was set up by Smollett in an attempt to generate attention for his acting career. Ultimately, the charges were dropped by prosecutors, to many people’s chagrin. Now, though, additional criminal charges have since been levied and talk show host, Wendy Williams, had some thoughts on the matter.
In the wake of the scandal, it was seemingly already a given that Smollett had been blackballed from Hollywood and any future acting roles as a result of the fiasco and false testimony. The show, Empire, which had given Smollett a boost in the business, wrote off his character and made no plans to bring him back in the future.
Well, according to Williams, the addition of new criminal charges to Smollett, including six charges of disorderly conduct for lying to police and investigators, should be the final nail in the coffin for Smollett’s acting career.
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) February 11, 2020
On Tuesday, Special prosecutor Dan Webb announced the indictment of additional charges on Smollett, prompting Williams to discuss the issue on her ‘Hot Topics’ segment on The Wendy Williams Show. For the host, she believed that Smollet’s acting career is now dead, if it wasn’t already, prior to these new charges.
“His prison life has already started. He’ll never work again. Nobody cares about him,” she said. “If I saw him walking down the street I’d cross to the other side. I mean, the man will never work again. Whoever hires him is going to be protested with the pickets outside. Just leave it alone, he’s done.”
Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a special prosecutor in Chicago.
Let truth & justice be done.
If you fake a gay hate crime to try to start a race war in America, you deserve the consequences. #JussieSmollett
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) February 11, 2020
And it wasn’t enough to only deliver her comments on Smollet and his acting career, moving forward. The host felt compelled to address the City of Chicago and their decision to pursue future legal action on the former actor, despite the case being all but closed. For the host, there were more pressing issue that funding and resources could be applied to, such as gang violence.
“Chicago should just let this go. Let it go, man. You’re wasting time with the court system,” the daytime talk show host shared. “Jussie Smollett is alleged to have done a horrible thing, but with the gang violence and the bad school system in Chicago — you guys have bigger fish to fry.”
JUST IN: Special prosecutor Dan Webb says Kim Foxx’s office hasn’t been able to provide any evidence that the #JussieSmollett prosecution was handled the same way as similar cases. pic.twitter.com/MfOJReglkT
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) February 11, 2020
While the charges that were initially brought against Smollett were dropped, it seems that new prosecutors still feel as though there’s a case to be had with the investigation.
The two men who Smollett claimed to be white supremacists, Abel and Ola Osundairo, worked on the show, Empire, with Smollett and are expected to testify in court that the staged hate crime was all a hoax and specifically masterminded by Smollet, himself. It’s currently unknown at the time of this writing the length of sentencing that could be levied on Smollett, should he be convicted of the crimes.
Can #KimFoxx still do her job now that new fake hate crime charges have been filed against #JussieSmollett? No. #JussieSmolletthoax and his Obama White House celebrity friends. https://t.co/FwN2KpBAzo
— John Kass (@John_Kass) February 12, 2020