CNN’s Don Lemon panicked on Wednesday night after prosecutors charged “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with a felony, worrying that Fox News and President Donald Trump were going to seize the narrative over the alleged hoax.
Lemon’s segment came in response to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office’s decision to charge Smollett late on Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
“Sean Hannity is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second,” Lemon fretted. “Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second. The President of the United States is going to eat his lunch.”
Following the charges, Smollett’s attorneys released the following statement: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Chicago police announced that Smollett was officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for allegedly filing a false police report, which is a Class 4 felony.
“The charge of disorderly conduct is a Class 4 felony, the lowest felony classification, that carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison,” The Chicago Sun-Times reported. “The act that triggers the disorderly conduct charge would simply be calling the police. Smollett likely will go free on bond after a short hearing Thursday.”