Crime Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack
Jussie Smollett Makes First Red Carpet Appearance in Years Following Alleged Hate Crime Attack
The former Empire actor attended a screening of his new film and directorial debut B-Boy Blues in New York City on Friday evening On Friday evening, the 39-year-old actor attended a screening of his new film B-Boy Blues at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem multiplex in New York City — his first red carpet since his alleged 2019 hate crime attack in Chicago and subsequent legal troubles. For the outing, the Empire alum wore a black turtleneck and gray jacket as he smiled and posed for cameras before him. "Beyond humbled by last night's screening," Smollett said on his Instagram Story the following day.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett goes to trial Monday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story:
Jan. 22, 2019
Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett goes to trial Monday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22, 2019 — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed. Police later say they believe Smollett sent the letter himself. Jan. 29, 2019— Jussie Smollett tells police he was attacked by two men in downtown Chicago at 2 a.m.
— Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed. Police later say they believe Smollett sent the letter himself.
Jan. 29, 2019
— Jussie Smollettby two men in downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. The actor says the men used racist and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an "unknown substance" on him. Police say Smollett, who is Black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in "MAGA country," an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan that some Trump critics call racist and discriminatory.
Jan. 30, 2019
— Chicago police say they've reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown, but none shows the attack. Police obtain andthey want to question, calling them "persons of interest."
Jussie Smollett trial begins with jury selection in Chicago on Monday
The actor Jussie Smollett has denied for more than two years he lied about being the victim of a hate crime. Starting Monday, he and his lawyers will fight the accusations at trial.The long road in the Jussie Smollett case finally reaches trial Monday in Chicago, more than two years after police first alleged the actor lied about being the victim of a hate crime and wrongfully diverted weeks of investigative manpower.
— Reports of an assault on Smollett draw outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities.
Jan. 31, 2019
— Smollett'scalling the attack a hate crime and disputing claims that he changed his story.
Feb. 1, 2019
— Smollettsaying he's OK, that he's working with authorities and has been "100 percent factual and consistent on every level."
Feb. 2, 2019
— Smollett openswith an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn't let his attackers win.
Feb. 13, 2019
— Chicago police pick up two Nigerian brothers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after police learn at least one worked on "Empire." Police question them and search their apartment.
Feb. 15, 2019
— Chicago policeafter arresting them on suspicion of assault and holding them for nearly 48 hours. A police spokesman says they're no longer suspects.
Jussie Smollett Trial: Brothers Allegedly Hired to Stage Attack to Appear in Court
Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo—known as Abel and Ola—have alleged that Jussie Smollett orchestrated and paid them for his own attack at their hands.Former Empire star Smollett had alleged that in January 2019, he was attacked by two men who doused him with bleach and placed a noose around his neck as they yelled that he was in "MAGA country," in apparent reference to former President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again.
Feb. 16, 2019
— Police say theafter detectives questioned the brothers, and request a follow-up interview with Smollett. His lawyers say he feels "victimized" by reports that he played a role in the assault.
Feb. 17, 2019
— Chicago police reach out to Smollett's attorney saying theyhim again because new information has "shifted" their investigation.
Feb. 19, 2019
— Chicago's top prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, recuses herself from the investigation. Her office says the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution ... to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case."
Feb. 20, 2019
— Prosecutorsfor filing a false police report about the alleged attack.
Feb. 21, 2019
— Chicago police say Smollett surrenders to face a felony charge of disorderly conduct, punishable by up to three years in prison.
—says Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity. Investigators say they have a $3,500 check that Smollett used to pay the two brothers to help him.
Jussie Smollett Trial: Previously Dismissed Charges Could Help His Case—Attorney
Criminal defense lawyer Julie Rendelman speaks to Newsweek about how strong the case against Jussie Smollett is.The actor had claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on the streets of Chicago back in January 2019. Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo later alleged that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack as part of a bid to be paid more money on his show, Empire.
Feb. 22, 2019
— “Empire” producers say Smollett'sfrom the final two episodes of the season.
March 7, 2019
— A Cook County grand jury returns a 16-count indictment charging Smollett with falsely reporting an offense.
March 26, 2019
— Smollett's attorneys say charges alleging he lied to police
March 28, 2019
— A city official saysfrom Smollett to cover the cost of the investigation into his reported beating, which police say was staged.
April 11, 2019
— The city ofseeking to recoup the investigation costs.
April 15, 2019
— The Cook County State's Attorney's Office releasesin the Smollett case in response to open records requests, including a text from Foxx calling Smollett a “washed up celeb” who was overcharged.
April 23, 2019
— The brothers who said they helped Smollett stage the attackagainst the actor's attorneys.
Aug. 23, 2019
— Judgeas special prosecutor to investigate why charges against Smollett were dropped.
Feb. 11, 2020
— Webb saysagainst Smollett, accusing him of lying to police.
Feb. 24, 2020
Oct. 15, 2021
— Judge James Linnagainst Smollett and sets his trial for Nov. 29.
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In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career .
CHICAGO (AP) — Outside the courtroom where former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is fighting charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his publicist has introduced a roster of supporters to the assembled TV cameras. Renowned opera singer Lauren Michelle, who also appeared on “Empire," spoke of how one of her best friends from high school has maintained his humanity despite the attacks on his character. Smollett's pastor from New York, Damon Marks, said the person prosecutors are portraying in court is not “the Jussie I know.