A case that caused consternation and controversy in Chicago last year is entering a fresh chapter. On Tuesday afternoon, Jussie Smollett, a now-former actor on the show Empire, was again indicted by a grand jury in Cook County, Ill., for filing false police reports that he had been the victim of a hate crime near his home in January 2019.
This is the second time Smollett has been indicted for filing a false police report. Last March 7, a grand jury returned a 16-count indictment. But less than a month later, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office dropped all charges against Smollett, a decision that ignited heated disagreement in Chicago and beyond.
A press release issued Tuesday by the special prosecutor, Dan Webb, said that he had concluded that “further prosecution of Jussie Smollett is ‘in the interest of justice.'”
The grand jury returned indictments on six charges of disorderly conduct connected to the alleged false reports. Webb was appointed late last summer to review the evidence against Smollett and to investigate how the Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, and her office handled the case initially.