Latest Jussie Smollett News

Smollett's attorneys argue city lawsuit should be tossed

Sep. 4, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion arguing that the actor should not have to pay Chicago $130,000 for a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, because he couldn't have known how much time and money the department would spend looking into...

PR firm: 'Every iota' of Smollett claim true; police differ

Aug. 28, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's PR team says "every iota" of his account of being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago is supported by police evidence despite police repeatedly saying it was all staged. A statement emailed Wednesday follows a city filing Monday defending its lawsuit seeking...

Kim Foxx: Work of Smollett special prosecutor underway

Aug. 27, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the work of a special prosecutor investigating why her office dropped charges against Jussie Smollett accusing the actor of staging an attack on himself has begun. Her remarks to reporters Tuesday were her first extensive comments since a judge...

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Aug. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he...

The Latest: Foxx pledges cooperation with special prosecutor

Aug. 23, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the appointment of a special prosecutor to look at the dropping of charges in the Jussie Smollett case (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has promised to cooperate with a newly appointed special prosecutor looking into why her office abruptly...

Chicago judge names special prosecutor to investigate the dropping of charges against actor Jussie Smollett

Aug. 23, 2019 10:53 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago judge names special prosecutor to investigate the dropping of charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

Judge close to naming special prosecutor in Smollett case

Aug. 23, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. A hearing Friday will be one of the first opportunities for Cook...

Judge to rule on tossing suit against Smollett in October

Aug. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge hearing the city of Chicago's lawsuit against Jussie Smollett says she'll rule on the actor's request to toss the suit in October. The 10-minute status hearing Tuesday was the first since the civil case was moved to federal court from state court. The former "Empire" actor...

Fox: Jussie Smollet gone from 'Empire,' character lives on

Aug. 7, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jussie Smollett is gone from "Empire" but his character will live on, at least in photos. Smollett's Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO...

Judge: Smollett special prosecutor will still be appointed

Jul. 31, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge told Jussie Smollett's attorneys he's not changing his mind about appointing a special prosecutor in the case against the actor and that he won't let another judge replace him. The losses that Cook County Judge Michael Toomin handed the attorneys Wednesday mean Smollett may not be...