(TheConservativeNews.org) – Before Kamala Harris became the vice president of the United States, she defended “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett amid his claims that two men had attacked him. Now, over two years later, Harris’ words are coming back to haunt her.
In January 2019, Harris called the alleged attack on Smollett a modern-day lynching. She asserted that no one should have to fear for their safety due to their skin color or sexual orientation. Smollett told the Chicago police that two masked men had attacked him, making homophobic and racist slurs while throwing chemicals on him, looping a noose around his neck and telling him that he was in “MAGA country.”
As time went on, Smollett’s story fell apart, and the truth came out that he had recruited the help of two friends to stage the attack as a publicity stunt. The actor had been upset over what he felt was a low salary for his role in “Empire.” In March of 2019, prosecutors filed a 16-count felony indictment against the actor — but not even a month later, with little explanation, prosecutors reduced Smollett’s charges in exchange for 15 hours of community service and the forfeit of his $10,000 bond to Chicago.
A judge, months later, appointed former US Attorney Daniel Webb to probe the original investigation. Webb found that Smollett planned and took part in the staged attack and made several false statements to the Chicago Police Department. The court is currently charging Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, which carries a sentence of up to three years of imprisonment. However, experts believe that if the court does convict Smollett, it’s more likely that he’ll serve probation and community service.
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