Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett – Updates on the Man Who Just Won’t Admit His Lies

It’s been several weeks since we last got caught up on Jussie Smollett.

When we last checked out the former “Empire” actor, he had just been indicted on six new counts of “Disorderly Orderly”  –  AKA “Filing A False Report” – by a Cook County Grand Jury and was out of custody after posting a $20,000 bail bond.

Empire Cast

Since then, there have been some interesting developments in and around his life.

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Kim Foxx Wins Democratic Primary

While it does directly affect him, Smollett had to be pleased when Kim Foxx, the incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney won a hard-fought – and very expensive – Democratic primary for the same office.

Foxx garnered 56.25% of the total votes – which was enough to earn her the right to go up against the Republican candidate, Pat O‘Brien, in the general election in November (O’Brien has about as much chance of winning that election as Keith Raniere has of U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordering a new trial based on the alleged perjury of two witnesses who testified against Vanguard at his trial last June).

Kim Foxx

The primary campaign basically turned into a referendum on Foxx’s handling of the original charges against Smollett – who Chicago police say falsely reported that he was the victim of an anti-gay and racist attack back in January 2019 when he was returning home from a late-night run to a local Subway shop.

Foxx removed herself from the case in February 2019 when she admitted that she had off-the-record conversations with a Smollett relative who had previously served as an aide to former first lady Michelle Obama.

A month later, her office dropped all the pending charges against Smollett.

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Smollett Re-Emerges From Self-Imposed Social Media Hiatus

On March 25th, Smollett reappeared on social media for the first time since June 26, 2019.

In an Instagram that he posted that day, Smollett appeared in a video of himself singing Stevie Wonder’s 1966 hit “A Place In the Sun” along with the following message: “Quarantine day 421… Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona.” 


Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his original charges were dropped in Chicago, IL (Photo by Paul Beaty/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

He did not explain what the reference to “day 421” meant.

Either Jussie forgot when he last posted on social media – or he simply has crappy math skills.

Either way, his post attracted over 130,000 views in the first hour.

On April 2nd, Smollett followed up with a birthday tribute to the late Marvin Gaye when he posted his a cappella rendition of “What’s Going On”.

Marvin Gaye

Many believe that the video confirmed why Jussie chose to pursue an acting career rather than a singing career.

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Smollett Purchases Facemasks for Cook County Hospital

Earlier this month, Smollett donated $5,000 to purchase protective face masks for the staff at Cook County Hospital.

In a written statement issued by Smollett, he said: “I lived in Chicago for five years and know many essential workers driving buses, working in childcare, or working in grocery stores — are black. I’m also aware 70% of the city’s residents who died from COVID-19 in Chicago are black.”

Smollett’s attorney, William J. Quinlan – who just happens to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cook County Hospital – indicated that Smollett had sought his advice in terms of where to make a contribution.

“Jussie asked me how he could help and I suggested Stroger (Cook County) Hospital, where there is no finer place to do good”, Quinlan said. He also noted that the hospital was in dire need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

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Allegations Emerge That Smollett Was ‘Very Close’ With One of His Alleged Attackers

Just when Jussie was starting to see a little breakthrough in his quest to win back support from his fans and followers, news emerged that he may have had several “romantic liaisons” with Ambimbola “Abel” Osundairo, one of the men he claimed attacked him back in January 2019.

According to a report that appeared in a Page Six column, the two frequented an upscale gay bathhouse in Chicago on several occasions.

Jussie Smollett & Ambimbola “Abel” Osundairo

An unnamed source was quoted in the column as saying that there is documentary evidence to prove that the two men were at the bathhouse on many occasions. “They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with [Abel]. They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID. It’s known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent black gay men hang out. There should be a record [of their visits].”

According to follow-up reports in other media outlets, records from the bathhouse may be subpoenaed by the prosecutors in Smollett’s pending criminal case.

Presumably, those records would be used to show that Jussie was, in fact, more than just friends with one of his alleged attackers.

It’s also quite possible that prosecutors will use those records to convince Smollett to take a plea deal rather than have the records introduced as evidence at his trial.

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Federal Lawsuit Against City of Chicago Gets Tossed

Just last week, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall ruled that Smollett’s claim of malicious prosecution against the City of Chicago had to be dismissed –  at least for now.

In issuing the ruling, Kendall noted that Smollett could refile the claim if he’s found not guilty in his upcoming criminal trial for filing false charges regarding the alleged assault back in January 2019.

Smollett’s allegations of malicious conduct had been filed as a counterclaim in the city’s civil lawsuit against the actor/singer.

In conjunction with the civil lawsuit, the city is seeking to recover the $130,106 it claims to have spent in investigating his allegations that he was assaulted by two men wearing MAGA hats.

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How Much Has Jussie Pissed Away in the Past 15 Months?

It’s hard to calculate just how much money Jussie has pissed away since he first decided that his earning power would be enhanced if he were the victim of a racially motivated and anti-gay motivated attack.

There is the money he spent on criminal defense attorneys to get the original charges against him dropped.

And the $10,000 bail money that he surrendered in that same case.

And the attorneys that he’s had to hire to defend him in the City of Chicago’s civil case against him.

And the attorneys who are defending him in the pending criminal case.

Not to mention all the opportunities that have passed him by since his name became a synonym for “bald-faced liar”.

All in all, he’s probably run up at least $250,000-$350,000 in legal fees so far – with another $250,000 to be incurred if he decides to tough it out and go to trial (Insofar as I have been able to determine, Jussie does not have a feeble-minded person like Clare Bronfman stuffing money into his defense fund).

And he’s probably lost at least another $250,000-$500,000 in potential earnings because of all the bad publicity surrounding him.

All in all, that’s got to be the most expensive late-night snack cravings that anyone has ever had.

 

 


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  • Jussie Smollet,

    Is a disgrace and a stain on all real victims of Racism and Homophobia.

    It’s not because he is black that what he did was so wrong. It’s because he is famous and got away with something awful.

    Halle Berry is black and beat a “hit & run” case a number of years ago.

    Did she beat the rap because she was black? Did she avoid prosecution because she was black?

    No body even cares.

    What Jessie Smullet is actual worse. Why?
    Because he has damage the credibility of all future victims of racism and homophobia.

    Pity you are so off base you are in left field.

  • I see white people are still mad over Jussie Smollett’s claim of racial abuse. I wasn’t there and none of you were either. We don’t live in Jussie’s head to know whether he actually thought his attackers were white. But guilty or not, how dare this negro accused white people of racism and then don’t spend his life in prison? Instead of writing articles as if you are the judge and jury, why not go and get that boy and give him a good old lynching or beat him to death like Emmett Till? How many white people were disturbed by Emmett Till as they are about Jussie’s allegedly false report?

  • There has not been one shed of proof that says he’s guilty. Its like everyone jumped on this bandwagon after the officials decided. Remember! Those brothers originally denied knowing anything. They claimed they were on a plane. Then they changed their story. These guys are the liars. Why believe them? Secondly, the checks clearly stated for fitness training,just like Jussie said. Its very clear the brothers keep changing stories while Jussies never change. He never mentioned a mega cap

  • Had he admitted his lie and apologized, he would still be working and performing, instead he decided to keep the lie going until he hit rock bottom, then decided to pull out the jack hammer. The guy will be a joke for the rest of his life now.

  • The 421 in the song probably is how many days since he reported it.
    And the only people who want anything to do with him now are his Lawyers

  • Smollett NEVER said assailants wore MAGA caps! Why are you people continuing to perpetrate this lie? I don’t know if Smollett actually CONSPIRED with the Osundairo brothers but any false accusations by the prosecution will NOT be admissible IN COURT and may ultimately end up allowing Smollett to be acquitted. JMHO

  • To Kim Foxx: this case was a slam dunk for you as Cook County’s top law officer and you blew it. I voted for you last time but in November I’m splitting my votes and will vote for your opponent. I have no confidence in your legal abilities or your political instincts to be able to “read the room” vis-à-vis the hoi polloi.

    To Jussie: like most Chicagoans I knew from day one your scheme was a lie built on a lie. You lived here for five years and still thought we would believe your Maga and noose skit playing out on our news feeds? You are the type of actor who needs a good writer to make your performance believable-hire one next time. And if a polar vortex is a blowin’, stay home and order in!🌬

    • Smollett had “good” (Libtard) reasoning for the Maga and noose skit playing out in his favor. After all, Chicago was the ONLY city that Trump was going to visit during the campaign and then didn’t because of protests against him.

    • No, but he did say they said “This is MAGA country”, you are obviously not from Chicago, otherwise you would have known he was lying the moment he said that, like the rest of us here did.

  • What a joke. Kim THE DRAG QUEEN Foxx and Jussie the Footlong eater. There will be plenty of footlongs in prison for ol Juicy!! Mmm mmmmmm….. Subway, Eat Fresh!!!!!

  • https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/jussie-smolletts-image-takes-hit-revived-charges-68947779

    Didn’t know his career could sink any lower after the first initial charges were filed and SM had a field day with him:
    UPDATED: 11:14 EDT, 22 February 2019

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6730687/Social-media-reacts-Jussie-Smolletts-hoax-attack-arrest-memes.html

    UPDATED: 11:14 EDT, 22 February 2019
    Social media reacts to Jussie Smollett’s hoax attack arrest with memes | Daily Mail Online

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  • DEFENSE CITES DOUBLE JEOPARDY:
    Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty as his attorneys claim the new charges are double jeopardy

    Smollett’s attorneys also have filed a motion in Cook County court arguing that the refiling of charges violated protections against being charged twice for the same crime, known as double jeopardy.

    His lawyer, Tina Glandian explained, “One of the protections that the double jeopardy clause provides is not to punish somebody twice for the same offense. Previously he did forfeit his bond, in the amount of $10,000. That in essence was a punishment stemming from the criminal proceedings, and therefore trying to punish him again a second time around is not permitted under the double jeopardy clause. You don’t just get a do over.”

    PROSECUTION SAYS DOUBLE JEOPARDY DOES NOT APPLY:
    Attorney: No case for double jeopardy for Smollett – Republic World

    Prosecutors have said double jeopardy does not apply because Smollett was not prosecuted last year.

    Clinical law professor and defence attorney Richard Kling of Chicago-Kent College of Law said the new charges won’t constitute double jeopardy.

    “It is etched in stone that double jeopardy does not apply,” Kling said. “If the argument is that Ms. Foxx’s office did not have the authority to enter into an agreement because there was a conflict – and that’s pretty much what Dan Webb is saying – then there’s no jeopardy issue.”

    CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller explained that charging Smollett again does not amount to a case of double jeopardy. He’s back to square one,” “Whatever he could have gotten a year ago before the case was dropped, he could get right now, and that includes deferred prosecution – if done the right way this time.”

    “He was neither convicted nor acquitted in the first proceeding. The case was dropped,” Miller said. “The prosecutor then has the sole authority to bring it up again, since double jeopardy never attached to the case.”
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2020

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