Jussie Smollett Drama Unfolds: Actor Faces “New” Old Charges; Prosecutor Who Oversaw Dropped Case Against Him Seeks Reelection; Osundairo Brothers To ‘Cooperate’ In New Case

Actor Jussie Smollett was recently re-indicted on charges stemming from an incident in which Smollett told police he was attacked and doused with home cleaning chemicals in a racist and homophobic attack by pro-Trump villains wearing “MAGA” attire in Chicago.

But cops weren’t buying it; Smollett was eventually accused of orchestrating the alleged attack, which police labeled a hoax.

A total of 16 charges were leveled against Smollett including filing a falsified police report. But those charges were controversially dismissed by prosecutors handling the case.

In the midst of all that drama, Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was revealed to have had a conflict of interest in the case.

Rumor had it that Foxx also improperly influenced the decision to drop the charges against Smollett.

And now both Smollett and Foxx are in battle mode; Smollett in the legal sense, and Foxx in the electoral sense.

The special prosecutor handling the new case against Smollett secured a six count indictment accusing the actor and singer of participating in a “planned” and “staged hate crime attack”, and thereafter says he “made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” special prosecutor Dan Webb Webb said in a statement announcing the charges.

Smollett’s lawyers questioned the “integrity” of the case against Smollett, suggesting the indictment was political.

“After more than five months of investigation, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not found any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever related to the dismissal of the charges against Mr. Smollett. Rather, the charges were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence. The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State’s Attorney election is clearly all about politics not justice.”Smollett’s legal team

Meanwhile, Foxx has her own election scuffle ahead. The city’s first African-American female top prosecutor is now in what might be a tougher reelection campaign in which two of her opponents not surprisingly have said Foxx should resign.

Foxx questioned the timing of the new charges against Smollett, suggesting the indictment was timed to impact her and the upcoming March 17 primary.

Meanwhile, the attorney representing the brothers who told cops they had helped Smollett stage the attack in exchange for a $3,500 check indicated Ola and Abel Osundairo will cooperate and are, “fully committed to the public knowing the truth about what occurred on January 29, 2019.”

“The Osundairo brothers will continue to cooperate with that process and they thank the Special Prosecutor’s office for their tireless work in seeing that justice was administered,” attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez stated in an email to CBS Chicago 2.

In addition to the $3,500, Smollett allegedly offered personal massages to the chiseled brothers, who are of African descent.

The fallout from Smollett’s woes was swift; his role on the hit series Empire was cut short, and Smollett’s once promising entertainment career stalled while Hollywood assessed Smollett’s marketability.

The Fox network also began winding down the hit series, partly due to Smollett’s legal and publicity woes.

Smollett is due to appear in court on Feb. 24.

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