Kamala Harris, recently named as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick for vice president, supported “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett when he staged a hoax assault against himself.
In 2019, Harris tweeted her sympathies about Smollett, who falsely claimed to be the victim of a hate crime. Harris said that what happened to Smollett was a “modern day lynching.”
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
The so-called racist and homophobic attack on Smollett, which received massive attention from the corporate media, turned out to be staged, organized by Smollet himself, who paid Nigerian brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to help him.
Harris did not retract her statement nor comment further on the issue after new evidence surfaced.
In February 2020, Smollett was indicted on six felony counts of disorderly conduct after he falsely claimed that attackers shouted racial slurs and said, “This is MAGA country,” while assaulting him.
Despite the fact that prosecutors in Cook County shockingly dropped the 16 charges against Smollett, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb proceeded with the investigation and levied more charges against the actor.
“The indictment results from an investigation that began on August 23, 2019, when Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin appointed Mr. Webb as a special prosecutor. Judge Toomin directed Mr. Webb to conduct an independent investigation to determine the following: 1) should Jussie Smollett be further prosecuted for the alleged false reports he made to Chicago Police Department officers, and; 2) whether any person or office involved in the Smollett case engaged in wrongdoing, including the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (“CCSAO”) or individuals in that office,” a press release from the special prosecutor said.