Jussie Smollett Turns Himself In
The Empire actor was charged with felony disorderly conduct after Chicago authorities accused him of filing a false police report last month. Smollett, who turned himself early today, claimed he was attacked by assailants wearing MAGA hats and yelling racist and homophobic jeers. Police are reportedly presenting evidence to a grand jury that Smollett staged the incident. The 36-year-old could face up to three years in prison.
Will this change how hate crimes are reported? Journalists and politicians have been criticized — especially by the right — for not being skeptical of Smollett’s claims from the beginning.