Tom Tillison, BPR, March 8, 2020
A growing problem, fake hate crimes are quick to be downplayed by the media, but these episodes reached a pinnacle with disgraced actor Jussie Smollet, whose name has become a verb to describe such incidents.
Smollet has plenty of company, as seen in Johnson City, Tenn., where a black woman was arrested for scraping the words “white pride” into the sidewalk in front of a local gym owned by a black man.
Mahagany Teague, 41, was arrested last week for vandalizing DC Fitness, and was being held on a $1,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, according to WCYB.
As for Smollett, his efforts to evade justice have failed, it would appear.
Last month, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging the actor with making four separate false reports to the Chicago Police Department related to the fake hate crime he allegedly perpetrated.
On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected a request from Smollet’s attorneys to throw out the indictment.