Actor Jussie Smollett will go on trial in late November, after an Illinois court denied his bid to dismiss an alleged hate crime case.
Lawyer Hail Mary failed to convince the Circuit Court of Cook County to dismiss allegations that Smollett lied to police. He also faces six counts of disorderly conduct.
The judge rejected any suggestion that taking Mary’s client to court violates his rights, because he has already performed community service. Her client had also waived a $10,000 bail as part of a previous on-prosecution deal with the Cook County state attorney’s office.
“A deal is a deal,” attorney Nenye Uche said according to Page Six. “That is [the] ancient principle.”
The 39 year-old allegedly claimed he suffered a racial and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago during 2019. However, he was charged with submitting a false police report after investigators discovered he reportedly paid two brothers to stage a hate crime against him. They believe the accuser was dissatisfied with his salary.
The celebrity’s trial will begin on Nov. 29.
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx (D) previously dropped the allegations, and has already transferred the case to a special prosecutor.
Smollett vigorously denies the charges.