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It’s time to face the music, Jussie.
Charges that formally accuse Jussie Smollett of lying about a hate crime in Chicago cannot be thrown out, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.
Smollett attempted to have the case halted and thrown out, but the state’s high court has thwarted his attempt.
It was just a year ago when Smollett alleged that Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats attacked him in the middle of the night in Chicago yelling, “This is Trump Country!”
Chicago, of course, is one of the most reliably blue, liberal cities in the country.
More details on the state’s rulings below:
The Chicago police have accused Smollett of paying brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo $3,500 to stage the attack.
Smollett claimed that he was a victim of a hate crime because he's black and gay, saying that the attackers wrapped a rope around his neck and poured bleach over his body.
This supposedly happened after Smollet says he got a sandwhich from Subway... at 2 a.m.
NBC News has more on the ruling:
The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday denied actor Jussie Smollett's attempts to thwart a felony court case against him, the second time he's been formally accused of lying about a Chicago hate crime he said took place early last year.
The clerk of the Illinois high court published a pair of terse notices, saying simply that Smollett's motions both to halt the case and to disqualify its special prosecutor have been denied. No explanations were given.
On Feb. 23, Smollett, known for his role as a gay musical prodigy on Fox's "Empire," pleaded not guilty to six counts filed Feb. 11 in a grand jury indictment.
Smollett is accused of alleged disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police on Jan. 29, 2019, when he said two men using racist and homophobic slurs attacked him at 2 a.m. near his apartment in Chicago's Streeterville community.
“Motions for supervisory orders are extraordinary remedies and not usually granted," William Quinlan, an attorney for Smollett, said in a statement. "We believed the unique circumstances of this case warranted filing the motion. We will now follow the standard appellate procedure.”
Then-Chicago police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson claimed last year that Smollett staged the attack to "promote his career."
Smollett famously turned from victim to suspect in less than a week.
There were many irregularities in his story, as well as security video footage of the brothers buying props for the attack.
The news of the high court's decision has pleased many who are seeking justice and simply want to know the truth.
The State's Attorney Kim Foxx has been accused of bias towards Jussie Smollett.
Appearing on local news, Foxx called the accusations "BS."
However, it has been documented that Foxx has been in close communication with friends and family of Smollett.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that Foxx frequently fielded calls from Smollet's family:
At the time, Foxx had been contacted by an influential supporter of the Empire actor: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama.
There were text messages that suggested Foxx thought her office may have been “overcharging” Smollett even after her self-described “recusal.”
Special Prosecutor Dan Webb is investigating her handling of the case, saying the state’s attorney’s office was unable to show that other cases had been similarly handled.
On Friday, Foxx flatly denied the central charge leveled by her opponents: Tchen was asking her to do a political favor for Smolllett.
“Asking a U.S. attorney and asking the FBI to investigate is probably the last thing someone would want if they were trying to get away with something,” Foxx said.
Foxx also pushed back on the notion she should have demanded an admission of guilt and a public apology from Smollett for the damage he caused to Chicago’s reputation by making a bogus hate-crime claim.
“The reputation of the city of Chicago wasn’t marred by Jussie Smollett. This is a city that was named the false confession capital of the United States on ‘60 Minutes.’ This is a city that has paid almost $1 billion in police misconduct. This is a city that, when I came into office, had 760 people murdered and 4,000 people shot,” she said.
“I get that what this person did was obnoxious and stupid . . . [But] we have people every day who have agreements with our court to resolve their cases without public apologies. We did not want to treat him differently than we would treat any other defendant.”
Smollett is expected in court on March 18, 2020.
The case is important, as many are worried about a "Smollett Effect."
The truth always and eventually comes out!