This day was inevitable, and now, it's here: Middling actor Jussie Smollett has been charged again with multiple counts of disorderly conduct as it pertains to having allegedly faked a hate crime last year.
But the story gets better. The Cook County state attorney, Kim Foxx, who dropped the initial charges against Smollett, looks like she might be just as screwed as Smollett.
Dan Webb, the special prosecutor appointed in August 2019 to look into the complete miscarriage of justice that apparently took place here, said in a statement Tuesday that Smollett will face new charges and that he's continuing to look into how Foxx handled the case.
Regarding Smollett, Webb said a grand jury has found that he "planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter 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."
Smollett is facing a six-count indictment and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24.
As for Foxx, the statement from Webb makes clear that she has not been accused of wrongdoing but that her office was unable to provide documentary information that would back up her decision to drop the charges against Smollett.
Foxx had said last year that her office would decline to pursue the charges, despite Chicago police believing they had an ironclad case against the actor, and instead only ask that Smollett forfeit his $10,000 bond and do a few hours of community service. Foxx had said that this was a decision in line with similar cases in the past.
Webb said Foxx gave him nothing to substantiate that claim.
Fox "has been unable to provide the [special prosecutor] with documentary evidence that shows that, in dismissing the Smollett case on the terms presented in court on March 26, 2019, the [state attorney] relied on other dispositions of similar cases prior to the Smollett case that would justify this disposition," the statement said. "This issue was important to the [special prosecutor] because on the day the Smollett case was resolved in court, March 26, 2019, the [state attorney] issued a written press release in which it told the public that the Smollett case was being resolved under the same criteria that would be available for any defendant with similar circumstances."
This is really, really not good for Jussie Smollett. It's not any better for Kim Foxx.