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Chicago Mayor Wants Jussie Smollett to Be Held Accountable for 'The Hoax'

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By Alan Blake

It seems like Jussie Smollett’s legal troubles are far from over. Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, current Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has now vowed to hold the former Empire actor accountable for his actions aggressively.

In a recent interview with CBS, the mayor expressed her sentiments on the case by saying that Jussie committed a crime and, as such, needs to face the full extent of the law, as well as be held accountable for the wasted resources channeled into investigating his case.

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Things had Worked Out at First

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Smollet was still playing Jamal Lyon on Empire in January 2019 when he filed a report alleging that two men in ski masks jumped him outside the Loews Hotel. According to the police, the actor claimed his attackers also yelled some racist and homophobic slurs at him before throwing a noose around his neck and pouring some unknown chemical at him.

The incident got the attention he wanted with countless celebrities and his fans taking to social media to offer him their support.

The Beginning of Trouble

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While everything seemed to have worked out to his favor at first, the January incident marked the beginning of Smollett’s troubles. Due to the serious nature of Smollett’s allegations, the police began intense investigations only to find out that the actor had orchestrated the incident.

In February, Smollett was arrested and indicted for staging the crime and for filing a report with false information. He pleaded guilty and was left off the hook in March by Cook County state attorney, Kim Foxx.

Why the Case was Unsealed

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After his charges were dropped, many people led by the then-mayor of Chicago, Rahim Emmanuel, felt that it was a whitewash of justice. The continued criticism against Foxx’s decision saw a special prosecutor, Dan Webb reopen his case.

Smollett was indicted on six counts, and while he pleaded not guilty, things do not look that good for the former empire actor. This is not only because of Mayor Lightfoot’s sentiments, but also Webb’s office announcing that he’ll be prosecuted further.

What Now?

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Unless his legal team manages to cut a deal with the prosecutor, Dan Webb, the actor will likely go to trial. But given the high profile nature of his case, getting a deal seems impossible.

This begs the question, what next? Is it possible that he may end up in jail? The short answer to that is yes. Filing a false police report is a class 4 felony in Illinois and carries a one to three years prison sentence as well as fines of about $25,000.

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