Actor Jussie Smollett is facing new criminal charges nearly a year after Cook County prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct counts against him for allegedly orchestrating a racist, homophobic attack on himself early last year.
Smollett was indicted by a special Cook County grand jury on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making four separate false reports regarding what police said was a faked attack. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb announced the charges in a press release Tuesday, saying that “further prosecution of Jussie Smollett is ‘in the interest of justice’."
In deciding to bring charges, Webb’s team looked at "the extensive nature” of Smollett’s falsehoods and the massive amount of time and money Chicago Police put into the investigation, according to the release.
The ‘hate hoax’ bit is more common than we’d like to think, and sociologically easy to explain. It is, to a victimhood culture, what ‘stolen valor’ is to an honor culture. This is a modern equivalent of claiming you were a war hero when you were actually in graduate school.
The strange part to me is the behavior of the prosecutor.
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The whole thing is bizarre. I'm always wondering how the public hoaxers think they can get away with it. But I suppose there are more who have been successful and did get away with it. And it sure keeps their name in the headlines, which is another motivator for some.
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