"Several factors went into this determination, including the extensive nature of Mr. Smollett's false police reports, and the resources expended by the Chicago Police Department to investigate these false reports", Webb said in the statement.
Special prosecutor Dan Webb announced Tuesday that he has chose to move forward with prosecuting Smollett, after "a Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime". Smollett then countered with a lawsuit of his own, alleging he was subjected to "humiliation and extreme distress" in the aftermath of the supposed attack. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.
Smollett is due to appear in court on February 24.
The state's attorney's office charged Smollett in February with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for purportedly orchestrating the incident.
The prosecutor's announcement of dropping the charges previous year drew ire from Chicago Police and outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Webb also was looking into whether calls that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx had with a Smollett relative and an ex-aide of former first lady Michelle Obama unduly influenced the decision to drop charges. He said his assailants, at least one of whom he said was white, told him he was in "MAGA country" - a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again". In June of previous year, Judge Michael Toomin agreed, saying that Foxx's office had failed to fully recuse itself from the decision. The actor never paid up, forcing the city to sue to collect the funds. The offenders allegedly began to batter Smollett with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
Smollett's case has become an issue in Foxx's bid for a second term.