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Man's Laws Do Not Apply to Jussie Smollett

In this March 6, 2018 file photo, actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series, "Empire," poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

If you were skeptical of Jussie Smollett’s story from the beginning, join the club. It sounded unlikely to begin with, and it just got worse every time he opened his mouth. By the time he started lying his ass off to an utterly credulous Robin Roberts on GMA, even his staunchest defenders couldn’t come up with any good excuses (which didn’t stop them from spouting a bunch of bad ones). He was obviously guilty as hell. Everybody acted shocked when the Cook County state’s attorney suddenly dropped the charges anyway, but to me it was just a reminder that this whole mess is happening in Chicago, the most corrupt city in America.

Smollett, who is clearly out of his damn mind, declared vindication. He’s above mere mortals and our silly little laws. So the following news doesn’t surprise me one bit.

Dakin Andone and Brad Parks, CNN:

Jussie Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying” $130,106.15 to reimburse Chicago for investigating his claim he was the victim of a hate crime, his attorneys say.

The city’s demand for payment is meant to “harass and irreparably injure Mr. Smollett,” his attorneys said in a letter to the city Thursday…

Smollett “vehemently denies making any false statements to the City of Chicago, or to any individuals investigating the January 29, 2019 attack on him,” wrote his attorney Mark Geragos. “All criminal charges against Mr. Smollett from this incident have been dismissed and his record has been sealed.”

I don’t know what anybody expected. This guy is living in his own little world, and they let him go without so much as a slap on the wrist. Why should he start listening to them now?

Despite the calls to jail Jussie, I doubt it’ll happen. I’m skeptical that he’ll face justice for his pathetic hoax, and I’m even more skeptical that he’ll face any career consequences. He’s a black gay man who committed a crime, became a household name, and got away with it. To the left, it’s like a dream come true. He’s a victim, which to them is the same thing as a hero. He’s an intersectional icon. He’ll be just fine.

Can’t wait for the next completely obvious hate-crime hoax. If Jussie can get away with it, why not give it a try? Good work, Chicago.