The Empire actor Jussie Smollett was indicted by a special prosecutor in Illinois on six counts of lying to police in Feb 2020.
They said the actor was punched in the face, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck. But, later in February, Smollett was arrested. Police accused the actor of paying two brothers to carry out the attack “to promote his career” because he was “dissatisfied with his salary,” reported the BBC. But, in March, after an emergency court appearance, all charges against Smollett were dropped.
Subsequently, Dan K. Webb, the special prosecutor, reopened this case in August after taking over from the former state’s attorney Kim Foxx. He had been investigating the case for months and helped bring the new charges in Cook County. In 2020, Chicago grand jury indicted Smollett on six new charges, which, according to court documents, allege that the actor “planned and participated” in staging a hate crime against himself.