I think that attributing the collapse of the Jussie Smollett case to “fame and fortune” is an obfuscation. He’s neither that famous nor that rich. The grand jury was unimpressed by his acting career and brought a 16-count indictment against him. A team of expensive star-power lawyers didn’t get him off, like happened to Cullen Davis. An international stardom didn’t blind a jury like it did with Michael Jackson.
I believe that if Smollett were a no-name schmuck from the streets, the situation wouldn’t change a bit. Because it’s about politics and nothing else. We’ve seen this happen very recently in the Covington debacle where no-name schmucks were idolized and condemned because that fit the political narrative.
Unless you think he actually gave a bribe to the prosecutor – which I think is a ridiculous suggestion – I don’t see how fame and fortune played a role.