Senator John Kennedy, of Louisiana, has weighed in on the high-profile Jussie Smollett case after the actor had all charges against him dropped.
Kennedy called the case another example of Hollywood privilege. Smollett’s attorneys said Tuesday that the actor’s record had been wiped clean.
The dismissal of all charges against Jussie Smollett is just another example of Hollywood privilege.
There shouldn’t be one set of rules for ordinary people and another set of rules for Hollywood actors with political connections. What Mr. Smollett is accused of doing is disgusting. If you or I did what he did, we would be put under the jail. Ordinary Americans who get up every day, go to work, obey the law, pay their taxes and try to teach their kids morals get cracker crumbs. Privileged actors who hire someone to fake a hate crime, file a false police report and get indicted on 16 charges get cake. That’s embarrassing,“ said Sen. Kennedy. “Since Chicago prosecutors refuse to do their job, the U.S. attorney should review the case for violations of federal crimes. I don’t buy that Mr. Smollett should be excused for his crime because it was nonviolent. That’s not criminal justice reform. Justice exists when people receive their just desserts. Committing a crime should have consequences. This was not justice.“
Smollett had been indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.