“Empire” star Jussie Smollett is under fire with numerous accusations that he lied to police officers about the alleged attack on him. Now an attorney has confirmed that this wouldn’t have been the first time he lied to law enforcement.
Late last month, the openly gay black actor claimed he was attacked in the middle of the night in Chicago by two white President Trump supporters who shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him and yelled “This is MAGA country!” while physically assaulting him. Now police sources are saying that the attack appears to be staged by Smollett and two Nigerian “Empire” extras.
Smollett also claimed that eight days before the attack, he received a threatening anti-gay letter from a Trump supporter. Now the FBI is also reportedly investigating whether Smollett actually sent that letter to himself.
More and more law enforcement sources are saying that Smollett concocted the whole attack, paid the Nigerian brothers to act it out, and lied to police about the whole matter.
According to NBC Chicago, Smollett lied before. In 2007, he pleaded no contest to driving under alcoholic influence and without a valid license in the Los Angeles area.
He also pleaded no contest to lying to law enforcement officers.
A Los Angeles attorney confirmed the details of the case as well as his sentence of two years of probation. The case was handled by the L.A. City Attorney’s office in Van Nuys.
A history of lying to police certainly doesn’t help Smollett as his attorneys continue to insist he’s innocent. Many people who rushed to support the actor after he told the story of his attack have backed away and become highly suspicious of his account.
Variety, which initially stood by Smollett, wrote a new piece on Tuesday warning that the actor could now face jail time and complete destruction of his career if it’s proven that he made his attack up, according to their experts.
5W Public Relations’ Ronn Torossian explained, “The best thing that Jussie can do is pray and pray a lot. If he made it up, he has big problems in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.”
Former federal prosecutor Phil Turner added, “It’s a very, very, very serious situation. He’s got some very significant exposure.”
“It’s a very high-profile case. Prosecutors tend to be tougher because everybody’s watching. … I think they may come down hard, in terms of not reducing it to a misdemeanor,” predicted another former prosecutor, Andrew Weisberg.