Chicago Mayor: Jussie Smollett's Charges Were Dropped 'Because He's an Actor'
Rahm Emanuel confirms Empire star escaped justice due to celebrity privilege
When Empire actor Jussie Smollett's felony charges were suddenly dropped by prosecutors on Tuesday, it confirmed that there's one set of rules for everyday, hardworking citizens, and an entirely different playbook for the wealthy, famous and privileged.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has added further confirmation to this "theory" by declaring that Smollett managed to escape justice "because he's an actor."
Emanuel, however, is calling for a criminal investigation to continue into disgraced TV star Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself.
After being asked if he's concerned about the state's widely criticized decision to drop all charges could be called “corrupt,” the mayor said Smollett's "influence" granted him special treatment.
“This looks like because he’s an actor — a person of influence — he got treated differently than anybody else,” Emanuel told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
FULL INTERVIEW: @ChicagosMayor speaks with our @GStephanopoulos about the investigation regarding “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. https://t.co/BHjpbroTWb pic.twitter.com/Th5RFLLLfx— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 27, 2019
According to the Daily Caller, Smollett was facing 16 charges for allegedly falsely claiming to be the victim of a hate crime that included two unidentified men using racial epithets and anti-gay language.
Earlier stories also said bleach was poured on his clothes, a rope wound around his neck and he was told Chicago was “MAGA country.”
Chicago police were confident in their case against Smollett and the prosection’s decision to let Smollett go because of his supposed community service and willingness to relinquish a $10,000 bail bond reportedly infuriated the Chicago Police superintendent and has obviously angered the mayor.
“You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated; he actually did commit this hoax. He’s saying he’s innocent,” Emanuel said Monday before charges against Smollett were dropped.
“They better get their stories straight. This is actually making fools of all of us.”
“And the fact is, he’s walking around with no sense of contrition, no sense of remorse, and the fact is also the state’s attorney is saying he’s actually guilty of this hoax, and he’s walking around saying, ‘No, I’m innocent.'”
Emanuel wondered how people would feel if he, as a Jewish mayor, decided to paint a Nazi swastika on his house in order to solicit support.
“Do you think I would get away with two days at the Anti-Defamation League as my community service? Really? This is not on the level,” Emanuel said.
“Let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s find out what happened,” Emanuel reiterated.
“Especially [in] a city that embraced not only him as an actor but more importantly the values of being whoever you are, whoever you love, whatever your background is, you have a home here.
"He took that, turned it around and tried to self-promote himself.”