As you are probably aware, Jussie Smollett, one of the actors on the show Empire, has been in the news lately. Initially, Jussie claimed that he had been assaulted but now it appears he might have hired his assailants. I don’t want to go into discussion of Jussie’s actions, because the matter is still under investigation and I want to know more before I jump to conclusions. As an aside, I’m a huge Empire fan, or I was until deadlines got in the way.
But this got me thinking. If I hire you to assault me and you do, can you still be charged with a crime?
My initial thought was no, since I’ve given my consent to the assault by paying you to do it. Entering a boxing, MMA, or wrestling match would mean you agree to be physically attacked and nobody is arresting boxers for repeatedly punching each other. However, when I asked this question on Twitter yesterday, someone mentioned that the state has an obligation to prevent violent crime and you can’t really consent to being harmed.
So the question for you today: can you give consent to be harmed and if you hire someone to beat you up, can they still be charged with a crime? Please let us know which country you are from when discussing particular laws so we don’t get confused.
Please be aware that all this might show up in a future book, so by posting here you give us consent to use your wise counsel for fiction purposes. 😉