Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett will have to stand trial over his 2019 alleged hate crime hoax after a Cook County judge denied his dismissal request.
Judge James Linn says the jury selection in Smollett’s trial will begin on November 29 after denying the actor’s lawyer’s Hail Mary pass at getting the case dismissed on Friday, according to a report by Page Six.
The former Empire star’s attorney reportedly argued that bringing Smollett into court would be a violation of his rights, since he had already performed community service and given up a $10,000 bond as part of a previous on-prosecution agreement with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
But Judge Linn disagreed, saying he will not interrupt the case, which is now being led by a special prosecutor appointed by another judge.
The embattled actor is accused of lying to police when he reported in early 2019 that racist and homophobic individuals wearing red hats, and yelling “MAGA country,” attacked him in downtown Chicago.