Jussie Smollett Charged With Giving False Information to Police in 2007
'Empire' actor pleaded no contest to several charges 12 years ago
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who is suspected of orchestrating a fake 'hate crime' against himself, has already been convicted for providing false information to authorities in 2007.
Smollett pleaded no contest to several charges in 2007, according to NBC News.
One of those charges was giving false information to law enforcement.
NBC, citing a Los Angeles City Attorney spokesperson, reported that Smollett was sentenced to two years probation in the case, which involved a DUI count and a charge of driving without a license.
The city attorney’s office confirmed the convictions.
Chicago Police Department has now requested the details from their counterparts in Los Angeles.
When Smollett was pulled over on suspicion of DUI, he told police his identity was his brother Jake and also signed a false name on the standard “promise to appear in court” paperwork, according to the Associated Press.
He was at first charged with the crime of impersonation but pleaded no contest to a lesser count of giving false information to police.
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 29, 2019
To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m
Yesterday we reported that Smollett was "slashed" from his role in Empire as evidence mounts toward the incident allegedly being a planned hoax, according to reports.
Last week, an unconfirmed report from a Chicago ABC affiliate said Smollett allegedly staged the incident - in which he was the "victim" of a vicious attack - because he was getting written out of his TV show, according to sources close to the police investigation.
On Tuesday, a new, likewise unconfirmed report has emerged from TMZ that says unnamed production sources told them Smollett's role in the show is already getting "slashed," even before any potential formal charges are brought against the embattled star.
"Jussie Smollett's 'Empire' screen time is getting slashed in the wake of a growing sentiment that he staged the so-called 'attack,'" TMZ reports.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted her tweet which called Empire actor Jussie Smollett the victim of a 'racist and homophobic hate crime' after reports since emerged that he staged the hoax.