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It’s a new story with as many twists and turns as an episode of Empire, and now the Jussie Smollett case has yet another new development: the FBI is getting involved.
According to Page Six, the FBI launched a probe to look into the reasons why the Cook County State Attorney’s offie did not proceed with the indictment against the Empire star.
As previously reported on this blog, the State Attorney’s office had said that Smollett’s forfeiture of his bond and his volunteer service was “a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
Smollett has said that he has been “truthful and consistent” since the beginning.
Smollett’s lawyers, on the other hand, released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that said “there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.”
Both Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Eddie Johnson protested the decision, with Emanuel calling what happened a “whitewash of justice” and Johnson maintaining that the city is “still owed an apology.”
This reported involvement of the FBI is another turn in what has already been a rollercoaster of a story. What began as Smollett claiming he had been the victim of a suspected hate crime, involving the use of hate speech such as f** and n***** as well as the mention of “MAGA country,” turned into Smollett being charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report and 16 felony counts for allegedly staging a fake racist and homophobic hate crime attack on himself.
How do you guys feel about the involvement of the FBI in this case? Do you think that this case is going to drag on even further or do you think the charges being dropped ends the discussion? Tell us what you think in the comments section below, but please keep the conversation as civil as possible