Jussie Smollett: From Victim to Fabricator
Empire actor Jussie Smollet has been under much scrutiny surrounding the alleged fabrication of a hate crime. The actor supposedly paid two suspects $3,500 to stage an attack on him, with the intention to raise his salary on his hit show.
The actor told Chicago police that he had been attacked by two men on the morning of Jan. 29. The original police statements reported that the alleged attackers yelled homophobic slurs at Smollett, before hitting him and tying a rope around his neck.
Smollet surrendered to authorities after being charged with only one count of felony disorderly conduct. The Chicago Police believe he mailed a fraudulent letter using homophobic language to the studio where Empire is filmed, and that he coordinated the fake attack.
Jussie Smollett could now be facing 64 years behind bars, on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for lying to investigators. His crime should not be taken lightly, as orchestrating a hoax letter and attack is a serious felony. At the moment, he pleads not guilty, but all evidence points to him being indicted. Is 64 years too harsh? That is a question the assigned prosecutors must decide before Smollet is due back in court on April 17.