The lawyer representing the former ‘Empire’ actor says it’s not coincidence the indictment was announced ahead of the Cook County State’s Attorney election.
Jussie Smollett‘s lawyer believes “politics” is to blame for the actor’s indictment on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Following the decision by special prosecutor Dan Webb, who was appointed to look into why the initial 16-count felony indictment against Smollett for filing a false police report was dropped, the 37-year-old’s lawyer Tina Glandian released a statement slamming the move.
“After more than five months of investigation, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not found any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever related to the dismissal of the charges against Mr. Smollett,” she said. “Rather, the charges were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence.”
“The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State’s Attorney election is clearly all about politics, not justice.”
Smollett is now due in court on February 24, 2020, according to local news channel Fox32.