Jussie Smollett, the actor who claimed he was attacked by Trump supporters in a hate crime, is now in police custody and one step closer to facing the wrath of the law. Fox News reports:
Smollett, who had felony criminal charges approved against him Wednesday, turned himself in to police, authorities said.
Smollett was charged just hours after he was “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report” in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the “Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report” charges.
Smollett’s attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson told Fox News Wednesday, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”
What Smollett did was disgusting, and an insult to Trump supporters who were broadly painted as racists, and actual hate crime victims of all colors.